ASI plans to upgrade seven monuments in State

The Archaeological Survey of India will upgrade the infrastructural and tourist-friendly facilities at seven sites in Tamil Nadu and work is already on at the Shore Temple in Mamallapuram, a top official said.

“The Adarsh Monuments proposed to be upgraded by the Ministry of Culture include the Shore Temple in Mamallapuram, Vellore Fort, Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur, Kailasanathar Temple in Kancheepuram, Sittannavasal Caves, Gingee Fort and Moovar Koil in Kodumbalur,” A.M.V. Subramanyam, Superintending Archaeologist, ASI Chennai Circle, told
The Hindu.

Dr. Subramanyam said that as per the proposal, the ASI will upgrade amenities, such as parking facilities, ticket counters, cafeteria, toilet blocks, drinking water facilities, dustbins, ramps for the differently abled, signage and pathways.

“Work on upgrading these facilities has already started at Mamallapuram. The idea is to create good quality infrastructure. These places get lots of visitors and it is important for visitors to not feel any inconvenience,” he said. The work would be carried out in a phased manner and it should be completed by the end of this year.

“These tourist attractions are also visited by lots of foreigners as well, apart from Indian tourists,” Dr. Subramanyam added.

The ASI last week removed the ban on photography inside ASI monuments in the country after Prime Minister Narendra Modi questioned the rationale behind the ban. Following this order, nearly 411 monuments in Tamil Nadu under the control of the ASI will be allowed for photography by visitors.

An official, who did not wish to be named, said this move would allow the heritage and architecture of the monuments to be better appreciated

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