Bhubaneswar: Following widespread protest, the Union Ministry of Culture on Monday withdrew the draft bye-laws framed by the National Monuments Authority (NMA) prohibiting construction works around Puri Srimandir.
The move came after a delegation of BJD and BJP MPs from the state met Union Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel demanding withdrawal of the controversial bye-laws.
The Culture Minister had assured the BJD delegation led by MPs Pinaki Mishra and Bhartruhari Mahtab to roll back the proposed bye-laws.
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during his visit to Srimandir said that he had spoken to the Centre regarding removal of the bye-laws. Yesterday, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) had written a letter to the NMA urging for the same.