ASI-protected Agra Gate suffers damage

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Agra
  • Updated: Dec 09, 2014 18:24 IST

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) protected Agra Gate suffered severe damage on Saturday after a truck carrying stone pebbles rammed into it.

After the accident, both the driver and cleaner fled from the spot leaving the vehicle behind.

On Monday police registered a case against the owner of the vehicle. ASI sources said the repair would cost around Rs 2 lakh.

The gate leads to Fatehpur Sikri and out of it, and despite a huge uproar over heavy vehicles passing through the gate, authorities have done nothing to protect the famous heritage structure from damage.

“Earlier, the issue of heavy vehicles passing through the gate was brought to the notice of ASI’s superintending archaeologist, who in turn intimated the district administration. But the movement of trucks continues,” said senior conservation archaeologist Munazzar Ali.

On why heavy vehicles were not banned from passing through the gate, the sources said previously hefty challans of as much as Rs 5,000 were imposed on them but that, too, failed to deter them from passing through the gate.

Located 40 km away from Agra, Fatehpur Sikri stands as a reminder of the former Mughal capital. Listed as a World Heritage Monument, it is a major tourist attraction.

A case, Waseem Ahmed versus Union of India, is pending in the court, which issued various directives with regard to Fatehpur Sikri. But compliance is yet to be seen.

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