'Satellite mapping tech is being used to protect monuments’

PTI Kanchipuram | Updated on November 20, 2012 Published on November 20, 2012

The Archaelogical Survey of India is using satellite mapping technology to try and protect monuments for posterity, a top ASI official said.

Inaugurating the World Heritage week and declaring open a Photo exhibition, G Maheswari, superintending archaeologist of ASI, Chennai region, said steps had been taken to clarify rules under the Ancient Monuments, Archeological Sites Act of 2010.

Besides ambiguous interpretations, wilful violation of the rules have resulted in encroachments and damage to sites as in Pallavaram and Kadaperi and other places. “ASI will use satellite technology to identify such vandalised places,” she said .

On ASI reportedly halting work of civic amenities and preventing persons from carrying out improvements to homes in precincts of sites, she said ASI never hindered minor repairs or modifications to existing structures near the monuments.

The photo exhibition had as its main attraction, a photo taken in the British era — of a serene village Mahabalipuram then was compared to the present growth of the town and changed ambience.

Published on November 20, 2012
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