Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Culture
09-December-2010 17:41 IST
Sustained Efforts for Construction of Monuments
The Minister of State for Planning and Parliamentary Affairs Shri V. Narayanasamy informed the Rajya Sabha today that the Central Government, State/UT Governments and many local bodies in accordance with respective legal instruments are taking due care of the monuments which are located in the historic cities in the country.

In a written reply he said, while the Central Government has declared 3,676 monuments and sites as of national importance, the State Governments, too, have declared about 3500 monuments/sites as protected. The local bodies have also come forward, of course in recent years, in the protection and preservation of heritage buildings located in the historic cities, which are neither protected by the Central Government or State Governments. But still, a large number of monuments/sites and heritage buildings are located in the heritage cities are still unprotected.

He said, in so far as protection of historic character of the cities are concerned, the Central Government has taken a lead in conjunction with the concerned State Governments for the development of infrastructure facilities and urban services by identifying a few of them for the purpose under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) of the Ministry of Urban Development. However, in regard to improvement of such cities, it is essential that the Town and Country Planning Departments of the State Governments and local bodies take adequate measures to upgrade the basic facilities and ensure their protection, especially keeping in view the pressure of population and urbanization, as the Central Government under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 has no role at all to play in the conservation of historic cities.