New Delhi: A show cause notice has been
issued to Railways for carrying out unauthorised construction
in the prohibited area near ancient Mughal-era monument
Humayun Tomb, the Government on Wednesday said.
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had accused
Northern Railways of constructing a building within 100 metres
of the centrally protected monument Neela Gumbad, which lies
next to Humayun`s Tomb.
"Soon after observing unauthorised construction activity
at the site in the prohibited area of Neela Gumbad, a
centrally protected monument, a show cause notice was issued
to the Deputy Chief Engineer (Construction), Northern
Railways," Minister of State for Planning and Parliamentary
Affairs V Narayanasamy told Lok Sabha in a written reply.
"Police were also requested to get the unauthorised
construction stopped," said the minister on behalf of Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh who holds the Culture portfolio.
Narayanasamy said the Railways were apprised about the
provisions of Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and
Remains (Amendment and Validation) Act, 2010 and were asked
not to undertake any construction that may amount to violation
of the law in force.
On the steps taken by ASI to free the world heritage site
from encroachment, the minister said, "The ASI has put in
place an appropriate mechanism for strict watch to thwart any
attempt of encroachment at the site, as per the available
In December last year, the ASI had filed an FIR against
the Railways for illegal construction within protected zone of
the centrally protected monument. According to ASI, the
building was meant to be a Railways guest house.