HC issues notice to Govt, ASI on damaged Gujarat monuments

New Delhi, June 7: The Delhi High Court on issued notices to the Centre and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on a petition seeking repair of monuments damaged in Gujarat in last year's earthquake and proper maintenance of other neglected heritage sites in many parts of the country.

New Delhi, June 7: The Delhi High Court on issued notices to the Centre and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on a petition seeking repair of monuments damaged in Gujarat in last year's earthquake and proper maintenance of other neglected heritage sites in many parts of the country.
Taking cognizance of a PIL, filed by United Communist Party of India (UCPI) on the issue, a Bench comprising Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Vikramajit Sen while issuing notices to Union Ministry of Culture and the ASI, Sought their replies by August 13.

UCPI, in its petition filed by its counsel Sugariv Dubey said the Government and ASI had taken no steps for repairing of the damaged monuments in Gujarat and for proper maintenance of various other neglected heritage sites in other states.

The major hetitage sites needing immediate attenction include a cluster of 100 ancient templs in Maluti village in Jharkhand, several monuments damaged due to cyclone in Orissa and various Mughal period sites in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi and other parts in the Country, the PIL said.

It also highlighted the violation of master plan for Bodh Gaya temple, which has been declared as world heritage site by UNESCO. The master plan has been violated with impunity by the temple committee by making modification in the ancent structures, it alleged.

It also brought to the Court's notice encroachments on the land of various monuments in Delhi both by private parties and the government agencies in violation of ASI rules.
Bureau Report

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