Tunnel Vision that is Endangering India’s History
- Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958:
- The AMASR Act provides for preservation of ancient and historical monuments and archaeological sites and remains of national importance.
- The Archaeological Survey of India functions under the provisions of this act.
- The central government can extend the prohibited area beyond 100 meters.
- Section 20 of the ‘Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains’ Act:
- The Act prohibits construction in ‘prohibited area’, an area of 100 meters around protected monument.
- It does not permit construction in such prohibited areas even if it is for public purposes, except under certain conditions.
Archaeological Survey of India (ASI):
- It was founded in 1861 by a British Army engineer, Alexander Cunningham.
- Ancient India
- Epigraphia Indica
- Indian Archaeology: A Review
- The ASI protects around 3,700 archaeological sites and ancient monuments.
- Barabar Caves (Bihar): Ajivika Monuments
- Ajanta Caves (Maharashtra): Buddhist Monuments
- Masrur Temples (Himachal Pradesh): Rock Cut Hindu Temples
- Guntupalli Caves (Andhra Pradesh): Buddhist Monuments
Source The Hindu
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