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BMC?s tit for tat for Archaeology Dept

india Updated: Sep 03, 2006 13:10 IST
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UPSET OVER last month’s police complaint and allegations by the State Archaeology Department, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) refused to lift debris of Taj Mahal wall, which collapsed on Thursday. The debris has been lying along the road beside Bab-e-Aali Stadium for the last two days.

BMC authorities are not lifting the debris despite several complaints by local residents. Mayor Sunil Sood said BMC could provide help in public interest, on the written request of the State Archaeology Department, which is responsible for protecting this monument.

On August 19, State Archaeology Department had lodged a complaint with Shahjahanabad police that the BMC squad had demolished a wall of the archaeological monument Taj Mahal.

Later, the Shahjahanabad police inquiry found that the BMC team had reached there to lift debris after the wall had collapsed and had not razed it, as was being alleged. Police investigations suggested the wall had collapsed due to heavy rains, thus the Archaeology Department’s complaint was false.

After the recent collapse, Sood said BMC was not able to remove the debris of Taj Mahal wall as being requested by local residents. He said the debris should be removed by the State Archaeology Department on its own in accordance to their requirements.

Sood also said the department had earlier made totally baseless and false complaints against the BMC. The Mayor added that the collapsing of the wall twice showed it was not a protected well.

Archaeology Museums and Archives Director Pankaj Raag said another portion of the same wall that had gone down earlier, had collapsed this time. Officials of his department had already sent a written request to the BMC. The reconstruction of wall would be taken up from Sunday morning, he added.

 

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