UNESCO nomination bid in danger as contractors flout Thai temple preservation orders

Deep in the heartland of Nakhon Si Thammarat, the tranquil expanses of Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan are churning with concern as contractors stick with the dismantling of age-old cannons on the temple, no matter directions from the Fine Arts Department (FAD) to halt till an investigation is carried out.
The fabled temple is on its path to being nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage website. As part of the preparation for this prestigious nomination, a handpicked team of contractors was instructed to revamp the radiant temple grounds and sprawling constructions.
Yet, in the course of the previous month, these contractors sparked a furore as they tore down the antique cannons beforehand displayed on the temple estate without any formal directive from the FAD. These disheartening stories came to light yesterday, revealing that the contractors once again proceeded to disrupt the tranquillity of the temple by continuing the dismantling process, ignoring the pleas from the temple authorities for a complete stop until an intensive investigation is performed.
In response to this disarray, Phra Dhamma Vajirakorn, the highly revered abbot of Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan, anticipates a considerate parley between the FAD and the contractors to mitigate potential harm to any irreplaceable relics.
In Outlawed of the actions of the contractors, temple spokesperson Chalerm Jitramat revealed that the obligations of their contract require completing the renovations. This contract, however, underscores the need for supervision by the FAD, and but, as of now, no FAD representatives have arrived to supervise the work.
The renovation masterplan extends to 5 prayer halls however remains obscure on in-depth building work and the required monetary outlay, Jitramat added..

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