Bangalore: A large number of ancient
monuments remained unidentified in Karnataka, where there was no coordinated strategic approach to heritage management,
according to CAG.
The protection and conservation of heritage monuments in
the State other than those under the control of Archaeological Survey of India vest with the Commissioner of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage, Bangalore and Director of Archaeology and Museums, Mysore.
"There was no coordinated strategic approach to heritage
management, resulting in ad hoc approach to decision making,
resource allocation and conservation practice", CAG said in a
report for the year ending March 31, 2011, tabled in the
just-concluded legislature session.
"The Commissioner/Director did not focus on
identification and inventorisation of the heritage monuments
and consequently, a large number of ancient monuments remained
unidentified in the State", it said.
Land adjoining the monuments had not been declared as
protected despite orders issued by the Government in March
1998. Only 31 out of 763 protected monuments had protective
fencing. Watch and ward staff engaged for the monuments was
also very meager.