Heritage monuments in good state of conservation: Govt
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 18:29
New Delhi: The government on Wednesday said Taj Mahal and all heritage monuments are in good state of conservation and constant efforts are made to mitigate impact of any natural calamity.

"Conservation of the centrally-protected monuments is a continuous process," Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V Narayanasamy said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

Though there is no specific budget provision for protecting the monuments from the onslaught of natural calamities, the government, as a precaution, has undertaken retrofitting work, water tightenting and installation of lightning conductors wherever necessary, the minister said.

He said the ASI has not accorded clearance to the Railway Ministry for constructing another bridge in place of the railway bridge constructed on river Yamuna in Delhi.

"The entire proposal was examined in detail and it was found that the piers are proposed to be constructed not only in the prohibited area but also within the protected area of the centrally-protected monument i.e. Salimgarh Fort," the minister said.

The Northern Railways had made the request to construct the bridge in 2005.

The proposal also involves sacrificing about 1000 sq.m. within the Salimgarh Fort. "As such, clearance was not given," he said.

The minister, however, said the ASI did permit to a limited extent construction related activities close to the centrally protected monuments and sites in certain cases taking due care that the interest of the monument is not sacrificed in any manner.

He said no structural damage has occurred to a minaret of Hyderabad's iconic Charminar after a portion of its fell recently.

"There is no structural damage to the minaret. Only stucco application work containing floral design has fallen.

A comprehensive estimate is prepared not only for restoring the stucco work but also repairing other portions of the monument," the minister said in reply to another question.

He said proposals have been received from various agencies and individuals for declaring certain monuments of national importance.


First Published: Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 18:29

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