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New rules needed to protect monuments: Dikshit

delhi Updated: Jan 27, 2010 16:30 IST
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With heritage monuments in the capital being threatened by encroachments, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday sought new rules to protect them.

She said a more practical view should be taken to solve the problem of encroachments around monuments. "There are a lot of habitations around monuments which threaten them. New rules should be made to protect them.

The entry to the monuments should be restricted by railings so that no damage is caused to the building," Dikshit said at the silver jubilee celebrations of INTACH.

Efforts are being made before the Commonwealth Games to present the cultural heritage of the capital in a better way and the government has signed an MoU with INTACH so that information boards are set up outside the 290-odd monuments in the city, she said. "We are also trying to light up all the monuments before the Games," she said.

Union Culture Secretary Jawahar Sircar said an expert advisory committee will be constituted, which will decide on drawing a circle around the monuments to protect them and keep encroachers at bay.

ASI will only service it. At the function, Dikshit also presented the first-ever 'INTACH Lifetime Achievement Awards' to six eminent persons, including theatre personality Ebrahim Alkazi who has also been selected for this year's Padma Vibhushan award. Other awardees include Kapila Vatsyayan, Martand Singh, Rajeev Sethi, OP Agarwal and OP Jain.