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ASI, IIT joins hands to save heritage sites

The Archaeological Survey of India has sought technical assistance from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K) to save the country's historical monuments from earthquakes.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2007 15:08 IST

The Archaeological Survey of India has sought technical assistance from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K) to save the country's historical monuments from earthquakes.

Under the project "Seismic Evaluation", the civil engineering department of the prestigious institution will examine two historical monuments of Lucknow — 'Bara Imambara' and 'Rumi Darwaja'— in the first phase.

Delhi's Qutab Minar and Hyderabad's Char Minar will be evaluated in the second phase.

According to Durgesh Rai, senior professor at IIT-K, the team would first study the technology adopted for the construction of the two buildings.

The team of scientists along with senior archaeologists have started studying Bara Imambara and Rumi Darwaja and the project would be completed within two years.

Scientists will evaluate the present status of both the buildings and their capacity to withstand earthquakes.

Rai added that the main challenge before the ASI was how to save the historic monuments from earthquakes.

The Bada Imambada was built in year 1788 while the Rumi Darwaja located close-by also belongs to the same period.