Plan for a replica of Angkor Wat temple in Bihar stalled

The Government has asked a private trust to give up its plan to build a replica of the famed Angkor Wat temple in Bihar after Cambodia lodged a protest against the move.

Secretary East in the Ministry of External Affairs Anil Wadhwa said here the matter had been taken up by the Camodian Government with India, following which the firm taking up the construction work was asked to have a relook at the plan.

The temple was being constructed by Mahavir Mandir Trust. ''We have asked the Camodian authorities to suggest changes in the architecture of the building and there is any change required the private party was willing to carry it out,'' Mr Wadhwa said here while replying to a question from reporters during a media briefing on Vice President Hamid Ansari's visit to Cambodia and Lao PDR beginning from September 15.

Angkor Wat, the 12 century temple, located in Cambodia's Siem Reap province, is the country's most popular tourist resort and attracts millions of tourists every year. Describing the temple as ''the heart and soul of the people of Cambodia'' their Government has welcomed the Indian decision.

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