Patnaik, in a letter to Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, said, "Since this is a matter of urgent public importance, I seek your personal intervention to direct the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to send their top technical experts for repairing and restoration works at the earliest." Shri Jagannath Temple is the holiest shrine in Odisha and an institution of unique importance in India, he said.
Patnaik said, "After deplastering of the inner surface of the Jagamohan, it was noticed the four column capitals and the eight stone beams have serious cracks which might affect its structural stability."
He said the state government had formed a core committee comprising structural engineers, representatives of the ASI and Shri Jagannath Temple Administration, to suggest remedial measures.

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