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ASI survey finds 24 monuments untraceable

PTI New Delhi | Updated on February 19, 2014 Published on February 19, 2014

A survey by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has found that 24 monuments are untraceable, while 12 monuments have submerged under reservoirs the Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.

Replying to a question, Minister for Culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch said 14 other monuments or sites were affected due to rapid urbanisation.

According to a performance audit report of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), 92 monuments or sites were reported as missing or untraceable, she said.

A detailed inspection of all these monuments or sites reported as missing by CAG was carried out by the respective field offices of ASI, the minister said. Among them, 42 are physically existing, it was found.

“Regarding the monuments/sites, which are affected due to urbanisation or commercialisation or habitation, these are examined on case to case basis and appropriate measures are taken after examining the actual situation for their revival and protection,” Katoch said.

The ASI is making its best efforts to maintain the authenticity of the monuments or sites, which, physically exist by way of proper conservation and preservation, she added.

Published on February 19, 2014
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