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ASI will delist some lost monuments

Why is it in the news?

  • The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is delisting 18 centrally protected monuments due to a lack of national importance.
  • These monuments, previously categorized as “untraceable,” include significant sites like Kos Minar No.13, Barakhamba Cemetery, Gunner Burkill鈥檚 tomb, a cemetery at Gaughat, and the Telia Nala Buddhist ruins.


More about the news

  • Delisting means these monuments will no longer receive conservation, protection, and maintenance by ASI.
  • Construction-related activities will be allowed around delisted sites, as opposed to the restrictions under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 (AMASR Act).
  • In 2022, the Ministry of Culture reported 50 missing monuments out of 3,693 protected ones.
  • Only 248 monuments had security guards due to budgetary constraints.
  • A 2013 report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India identified 92 missing monuments.
  • Efforts to locate missing monuments have been ongoing, with some success in identifying and accounting for a portion of them.
About ASI

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 ASI currently oversees 3,693 monuments, which will decrease to 3,675 after the delisting.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 The ASI’s responsibilities include protecting and maintaining monuments deemed of national importance.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 The ASI’s effectiveness has varied over time due to resource constraints and a focus on uncovering new monuments rather than conserving existing ones.


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