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Government of India
Ministry of Culture
08-December-2010 16:37 IST
Maintenance of Monuments and Heritage Sites
There are nine centrally protected monuments under the jurisdiction of Bhopal Circle of the Archaeological Survey of India in

 

The Minister of State for Planning and Parliamentary Affairs Shri V. Narayanasamy informed the Lok Sabha today that the monuments/sites declared as of national importance are conserved, preserved and maintained by Archaeological Survey of India besides providing tourist related amenities e.g. drinking water, toilet blocks, signage, pathways, etc. on need basis, subject to availability of resources. The allocation and expenditure incurred on conservation, preservation, maintenance by way of structural repairs, chemical treatment and environmental development of centrally protected monuments in the country, during the last three years and current year are as under:

 

                                                                                                (Rupees in lakhs)

 

Year

Allocation

Expenditure

2007-08

12704.00

12886.19

2008-09

13588.00

13498.60

2009-10

15352.50

15300.43

2010-11

 

13590.00

9188.30

(upto Oct. 2010)

 

 

In a written reply he said, the Archaeological Survey of India permits usage of certain protected monuments for holding of high standard cultural events only, provided the organizers do not charge any gate money from the audience or viewers. The ASI, however, charges fee from the organizers of the cultural events.  The revenue so earned is deposited in the Consolidated Fund of India and cannot be utilized for maintenance/preservation of the monuments/sites.  It may not be appropriate to allow commercialization of the monuments and sites to ensure maintenance of the ambience and aesthetic, specially keeping in view the need to preserve and conserve the character of the monument.

 

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