Hyderabad: The Indian National Trust for
Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) will assist the
Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in preservation and
maintenance of monuments as per a new law, a top official of
the NGO said today.
An amendment to the Ancient Monuments Amendments Act,
2010 will allow INTACH and ASI, a government agency, to work
together, L K Gupta, the new Chairman of INTACH, said here.
Gupta is on a visit to the city. He was accompanied by
P Anuradha Reddy, Convenor of INTACH Hyderabad chapter.
INTACH is a nation-wide network of volunteers who
spread awareness about the rich cultural and natural heritage
of India. The organisation help people preserve, protect and
value their heritage, they said.
The best people to guard their heritage are the
locals. With this aim, INTACH is now setting up chapters at
district and state levels, the two said.
Gupta informed that ASI is looking after roughly 3,700
monuments and INTACH has been asked to make guidelines for
Earlier municipalities were regulating these zones but
in view of encroachments INTACH has been assigned the task, he
said, adding the NGO is looking forward to push for heritage
education among students.