Encroachment on 249 centrally-protected monuments

A total of 249 centrally-protected monuments and archaeological remains in the country have been encroached upon, with Uttar Pradesh topping the list with 79 such structures.

Updated: May 05, 2010, 21:05 PM IST

New Delhi: A total of 249 centrally-protected
monuments and archaeological remains in the country have been
encroached upon, with Uttar Pradesh topping the list with 79
such structures.

Eleven monuments in Delhi have also been encroached upon,
the Lok Sabha was informed today.

Replying to a question, Minister of State for Planning V
Narayanasamy, who also holds ad-hoc charge of Culture
Ministry, said a total of 259 monuments protected by the
Archaeological Survey of India are under encroachment.

According to the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological
Sites and Remains (Amendment and Validation) Act, 2010, no
development project can be undertaken in the prohibited 100
metres and regulated area (200 metres) of the protected
monuments and sites except as per permission.

While 66 monuments in Lucknow circle has been encroached
upon, 13 such structures in Agra circle is under encroachment,
the Minister said.

Nili Masjid in Hauz Khas, Ancient Mosque in Palam,
Qudasia Mosque in Qudasia Garden and Purana Qila
(Indraprastha) are some of the heritage structures that have
been encroached upon in Delhi.

56 monuments in Dharwad circle in Karnataka have been
encroached upon, while the number in Mumbai circle is 14.

To a separate question, Narayanasamy said idols or
symbols representing Hinduism, Jainism and Islam have been
found during development works undertaken in the past from
Qutub Minar complex from time to time.

"While only a few of the intact sculptures are preserved
with the National Museum, the remaining fragmentary sculptures
and the architectural items are safely preserved at Qutub
Complex so that these are studied and interpreted in their
original archaeological context," he said.

-PTI