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Amendment to the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 2010-revised list

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 30 June 2017, 16:35 IST

Union Cabinet has approved amendment to the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 2010 and it has been decided to allow centrally funded projects to be set up in the prohibited area of the nationally protected monuments.

The act that was passed in 2010 has the stated objective ‘ to preserve, conserve, protect and maintain all ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remains declared of national importance, and their surrounding areas up to a distance of 300 Mtrs ( or more as may be specified in certain cases) in all directions’. The act replaced the ordinance, AMASR(Amendment and Validation) Ordinance promulgated by the President of India on 23 January 2010. The rationale for preservation of the monuments and sites of national importance is brought out very appropriately by John Ruskin and quoted in the committee report that formed the basis of the 2010 amendment ‘it is no question of expediency or feeling whether we shall preserve the buildings of past time or not. We have no right whatever to touch them. They are not ours. They belong to those who built them, partly to all the generations of mankind who follow us’. Constitution of India, in seventh Schedule declares built heritage as a significant public good.

 If the amendment is given effect, new construction will take place in the immediate vicinity of protected properties of National importance ,i.e. ‘prohibited areas’, that is, within hundred metres of their delineated boundaries. Historic structures and archaeological remains are considered to be the most susceptible to heavy vibrations, chemical effects or mechanical stresses in this zone. In most sites, un excavated structural remains that open up avenues of further research also fall within these prohibited zones. Construction activity of any nature will inflict irreversible damage to the monument as well as to the prospect of future study and understanding of the historic context of the site.

 We the signatories seek indulgence of the Central government and demand that the amendment as above may not be pursued . We also appeal to the parliamentarians belonging to various political parties to show their continued resolve to preserve and protect the monuments and sites of national importance. These are significant part of the soft power of India as also collective universal cultural assets and physical memories of our glorious past.


 M Saleem Beg, former director General Tourism and Member National Monuments Authority(NMA).

Meera Das, former member NMA

Bharat Bhushan, former member, NMA

Shalini Mahajan, former Member, NMA

Pukhraj Maroo, IAS, rtd and forme rmember, NMA

Romila Thapar, Historian

K. M. Shrimali, rtd Professor, D.U.

AGK Menon, Conservation Professional

Ram Rahman, Photographer, Designer

M. K. Raina, Theatre & Cinema Personality

Geeta Kapur, Art Historian

Irfan Habib, Historian

Sucheta Mahajan , Historian

Nadeem Rezavi, Historian

Shireen Moosvi, Historian

Mridula Mukherjee, Historian

Suvira Jaiswal, Historian

K.L.Tuteja, Historian

Nagendra Sharma, Historian

Raj Rewal, Architect

Parul Kiri Roy,Assistant Professor, Architecture, SPA

Anuradha Chaturvedi ,Associate Professor ,Department of Architectural Conservation , SPA

Priyaleen Singh, Professor, SPA

Anisha Shekhar Mukherjee ,SPA

Vishal Dhar, Architect

Kanishka Prasad, Architect

Vertika Chaturvedi, Architect

Dr. Aruna Ramani Grover, Architect-Planner, Noida

Amar Farooqui, Historian

P K Shukla, Historian

Sohail Hashmi, Historian and Heritage Expert

D. N. Jha, Historian

Bhairabi Prasad Sahu, Historian

Ranjit Hoskote, Art Historian and Critic

Soumya Sahai , Historian

Ishrat Alam, Historian

Narayani Gupta, former member of Delhi Urban Art Commission and Heritage Conservation Committee of Delhi

Vikramjit Roop Rai, Founder ,Youth for Heritage Foundation

Suneet Mohindru,Principal,ORACLES Landscape Design, Planning & Conservation

Vishwa Mohan Jha, Histotian

Vikramjit Singh Rooprai, Founder, Youth for Heritage Foundation

Nikhil Kumar, Communications professional

Tazeen Hussain

Vivan Sundaram, Artist

Parthiv Shah, Photographer Designer

Monalisha Choudhury

Shubham Acharya

Chavvi Malik

Prabhat Patnaik, Emeritus Professor JNU

Ira Bhaskar, Professor, JNU

Kavita Singh,Professor, School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU

Mishty Varma, Journalist and public affairs specialist

Zartab Haider Jafri, Managing Director-Maksus Mimer Energy Solutions India Pvt. Ltd

Seher Agarwala, Columbia University

Arjun Dev, Former professor NCERT

First published: 30 June 2017, 15:54 IST