[mpisgmedia] [scan]: New Bill to help protect monuments

//Is this, like the troublesome Co-operative Act in conflict with Delhi
Development Act, 1957, a case of multiplicity of legislation (there being,
besides the central Act also the Delhi Urban Heritage Foundation
Regulations of 1999)?//


New Bill to help protect monuments

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, DEC. 16. The Delhi Assembly today passed the Delhi Ancient and
Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Bill. The Bill
was introduced by the Minister of Education and Tourism, Arvinder Singh
Lovely. While the State Department of Archaeology has been in existence
for over 20 years now, the Bill will finally give it the legal backing it
desperately needed. The Bill will also help save buildings that are not
protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Earlier passed by the Assembly on March 29, 2000, the Bill was returned by
the President of India this year, suggesting certain amendments which were
incorporated today. The Bill provides for protection for any structure,
erection or monument, or tumulus or place of interment or any cave,
rock-sculpture, inscription or monolith, which is of historical,
archaeological or artistic interest and which has been in existence for
not less than 100 years.

This Bill also gives the Delhi Government power to take steps to prevent
the destruction of a monument that has been protected under the Act in
public interest. The Delhi Government will also have the right to fence or
cover the portion of land adjoining the site of an ancient monument. The
Bill provides that no construction and mining activities will be allowed
within 50 metre area around the monument. Beyond that a further 100 metres
will be designated as a regulated area, in which construction and mining
activities will only be undertaken after getting permission from the

The Bill also stipulates that an Advisory Council for monuments and
archaeological sites will be constituted to advise the Government on
policy issues

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