ASI to launch online repository to facilitate access to information on the history of ancient monuments – The New Indian Express
NEW DELHI: Academics and tourists alike will soon have easy access to ‘authentic’ information on ancient sites and buildings, including lesser-known monuments in different states, as the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) is about to launch a massive exercise to prepare a repository containing all their details.
After methodical documentation, the information collection will be available on ASI’s websites, easily visible to all users.
Union Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel, speaking recently at a ceremony at the grave of Abdur Rahim Khan-e-Khana, said that in January, ASI would launch a program for record and publish the history of all heritage sites and monuments on its websites.
“There are several monuments that are not listed by ASI or state archaeological departments, but they have a history of 1,000 to 1,500 years. We will launch a campaign to list all these sites in our catalog, whether they are under the jurisdiction of the respective states, so that any researcher or tourist can know them and their status.
All related information will be available on the ASI websites, ”said the Minister. The ASI manages and protects 3,691 monuments, including 143 classified sites in the country.
In Delhi there are around 170 historical structures with ASI. There are approximately 250 monuments and heritage buildings in the nation’s capital that are not on the ASI list.
According to ASI officials, the launch was scheduled for earlier in November and it was delayed because several suggestions and changes are incorporated to present the information in a user-friendly manner.
“All departments of ASI have been corded and modalities are being worked out to collect and present all details and facts in an efficient and user-friendly manner.
“The minister himself is very interested in it and suggests a lot of things. Teams are working to compile information on all heritage buildings, including those that are not on ASI and State Department lists.
said an official. In the meantime, ASI has also decided to allow refreshment kiosks in certain locations.
“Arrangements will be made for a light refreshment on the protected sites. However, visitors would not be allowed to eat and carry food over a limit. It is imperative that tourists are allowed to sit and enjoy snacks and tea, ”Patel said.