State of Conservation (SOC)
Sun Temple, Konârak (1999)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Total Amount Ap proved:49,500USD
|1997||Emergency assistance to urgently conduct a fundamental structural ...||39,000 USD|
|1986||Consultants to advise the authorities on the preservation of the ...||10,500 USD|
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
- Monsoon rain
- Gradual deterioration and the structural instability
Current conservation issues
World Heritage Committee, twenty-first session - Chapter VII.5
World Heritage Bureau, twenty-third session - Chapter IV.62
New information:The World Heritage Centre has requested ICOMOS to arrange for a reactive monitoring mission to the site. The mission, as requested by the Bureau at its twenty-third session is expected to review the work carried out with the 1997 emergency assistance fund, to report on the national actions undertaken to halt the deterioration of the stone structure and structural engineering problems which are reportedly serious and to discuss with the Government of India on whether or not it intends to nominate this site for inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
Analysis and Conclusion
Link to the decision
X.38 Sun Temple of Konarak (India)
The Committee recalled the reports from the twenty-third ordinary and the twenty-third extraordinary session of the Bureau on the state of conservation of this property and adopted the following decision:
"The Committee, having examined the developments at the Sun Temple of Konarak, expressed concern over its state of conservation. The Committee reiterated the Bureau's requests to the Government of India to submit information concerning the structural study implemented with the financial assistance from the World Heritage Fund emergency assistance reserve, made available in 1998. The Committee requested the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS to continue its arrangements for an urgent reactive monitoring mission, in close co-operation with the national authorities concerned. The Committee requested the findings of this ICOMOS mission, and reports submitted by the Government of India, to be submitted for examination by the Bureau at its twenty-fourth session. The Committee also requested the Secretariat and ICOMOS to clarify whether or not the Government of India intends to nominate this site for inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger."
The Bureau may wish to formulate a decision upon examining further information to be presented by the Secretariat at the twenty-third extraordinary session of the Bureau.
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Gradual deterioration and the structural instability
The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).