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State to protect archaeological sites: Dy CM

PATNA: Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi stated on Wednesday the state government has deliberate to spend Rs417 crore on the protection and renovation of archaeological websites as well as on the construction of high-value museums beneath its total policy to conserve the state’s rich cultural heritage.
Addressing the inaugural consultation of three-day national seminar on ‘Indian archaeology: perspectives for the 21st century’ organized via state art, tradition and adolescence division and Indian Archaeological Society (IAS), Modi stated the state government has submitted a requirement of Rs417 crore to the 15th Finance Commission chaired via N K Singh. Modi stated he used to be hopeful that the commission would “imagine the state government’s request” as Singh additionally has huge recognize for cultural heritage.

“The state has rich cultural heritage. Its every space has at all times thrown up archaeological websites, which is why the state government has been taking special care to advertise archaeological excavations and the security of the excavated websites, besides constructing museums to draw national and overseas tourists,” Modi stated, adding that Bodh Gaya alone draws 40,000 overseas tourists annually, on an average.

The state government has been working on constructing a museum in Vaishali at a price of Rs300 crore, he stated. “The ‘asthi kalash’ of Lord Buddha would be kept there on show for the benefit of the tourists. The museum might be built most effective with stones and replicate the grandeur commensurate with the significance of the historical web page,” he stated, adding: “No bricks, cement or metal might be used.”

Modi stated a museum would even be built at Telhara, 30km clear of the Nalanda historical stays. Museums would even be built in the entire 38 districts. Besides, a chemical laboratory would even be built at the cost of Rs5 crore, he stated.

The state government has promoted archaeological excavations at Devangarh in Nawada that yielded an idol from the Pala length and bricks belonging to the Kushan age. Further, the archaeologists excavating the Lali Pahar web page in Lakhisarai district discovered the idol of a ‘dancing Buddha’, he added.

That aside, Bhagalpur has 200 archaeological websites which require further excavation and protection, whilst excavations have additionally been achieved in Saran, Arwal and Rohtas districts and being undertaken in Darbhanga and Purnia districts.

Among others who additionally addressed the seminar were IAS basic secretary K N Dikshit, Society for Prehistoric and Quaternary Studies basic secretary P P Joglekar and Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) chairman A P Jamkhedkar. State art, couture and adolescence division main secretary Ravi M Parmar welcomed the guests.

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