Lightning safety protocol at all world heritage sites to be reviewed: ASI chief

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jun 03, 2015 21:24 IST

The safety protocol on lightning would be reviewed for all world heritage sites and other important monuments under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the Bhopal circle chief of the ASI, R Krishnaiah has said.

Speaking to HT, the ASI Bhopal superintendent archaeologist said that proper safety measures are in place at the important monuments, but in view of the incident on Monday at Khajuraho, the protocol would be reviewed.

The ASI chief also assured that proper restoration would be undertaken at Khajuraho temple that was partially damaged after lightning struck it.

On Monday afternoon, lightning struck the famous world heritage Unesco site at Khajuraho, damaging the top part of Devi Jagadambika temple inside the Western Group of Temples at Chhatarpur. The lightning also killed a teenage girl near the temple.

The Chhatarpur district administration has charged the ASI with inadequate measures against lightning at the world heritage site.

The ASI has however maintained that sufficient number of lightning conductors to protect the area.

The central agency has however decided to review the protocol in view of the incident.

The Bhopal circle of ASI has 290 monuments in the state under its protection. Of them three are Unesco world heritage sites - the group of intricately carved temples at Khajuraho, the ancient cave paintings at Bhimbetka and the Buddhist stupas and other structures at Sanchi.

Among other important monuments are royal palaces and religious structures of Mandu, forts of Chanderi, Gwalior and Raisen, the exquisite Shiva Temple of Bhojpur and others.

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