Bhubaneswar: With an amount of Rs 65 crore
obtained from the 13th Finance Commission, the Orissa
government is all set to prepare a master plan for protection
and conservation of archaeological monuments and sites in the
This was decided at a high-level meeting chaired by
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik yesterday. ``A project cell will
be constituted to monitor and guide conservation activities,``
Experts in archaeology and skilled persons would be
taken as members in the project cell, he said adding persons
engaged in conservation activities needed to be trained in the
techniques of protecting the age-old monuments and sites.
While 78 heritage sites and monuments located in
different places of the state were under conservation of the
Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), 218 of such places were
being protected by the State Archeology wing under culture
At least 2,706 monuments and heritage sites were being
either protected by INTACH or private organisations, sources
said adding that the funds obtained from the 13th Finance
Commission would be spent on conservation activities.
In an attempt to ensure that important monuments like the
Sun Temple at Konark, Sri Jagannath Temple in Puri and Sri
Lingaraj Temple here, were given priority in conservation, the
state government had identified such places, said culture
minister Debi Prasad Mishra.