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Government of India
Ministry of Culture
08-December-2010 16:39 IST
Maintaining Ghats and Tombs
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 there are 3,676 centrally protected monuments/sites in the country under the jurisdiction of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which comprise a variety of monuments including prehistoric sites, proto-historic sites, megalithic burials, rock-cut caves, stupas, temples, ghats, mosques, churches, forts, water systems, pillars, inscriptions, bas reliefs, monolithic statues, sculptures,etc.   The ASI maintains these protected monuments and sites, including ghats and tombs, on regular basis depending upon their special needs within the available manpower and financial resources.

 

In a written reply he said, the expenditure incurred on conservation, preservation and maintenance by way of structural repairs, chemical treatment and environmental development during the last three years and allocation for the current year is as under:

                                                                                                         

(Rupees in lakhs)

Year

 

Expenditure

2007-08

 

12886.19

2008-09

 

13498.60

2009-10

 

15300.43

2010-11

 

 

13590.00

(Allocation)

 

The Minister said, for decongesting the areas around the centrally protected monuments, the Government had issued a notification in June, 1992 declaring 100 meters from the protected limits of centrally protected monuments/sites as prohibited area and another 200 meters from this limit as regulated area prohibiting and regulating construction activities, respectively.   Recently, the Central Government enacted the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment and Validation) Act, 2010, which has more stringent provisions to prohibit and regulate construction related activities in the prohibited and regulated areas of the centrally protected monuments/sites.  The penal provisions have also been enhanced from three months imprisonment to two years or fine from five thousand rupees to one lakh rupees or both for causing damage, alteration, misuse and other acts of similar nature at the centrally protected monuments and protected areas. These measures constitute a major governmental initiative to arrest encroachments/pressures on the monuments and sites that are declared as of national importance. The Superintending Archaeologists of the ASI are empowered to take legal steps for eviction of encroachers under the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Act, 1971 and rules framed under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958.

 

He said, the ASI has also initiated steps to landscape the open area around the protected monuments with proper fencing not only with the objective to develop them from tourism point of view but also to thwart likely encroachments.        

 

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