Hyderabad: Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Hyderabad Circle has spent Rs 48.82 crore on the renovation of religious monuments from 2014-15 to 2019-20.

In an RTI reply to activist Robin Zaccheus, the ASI Hyderabad circle said that there are five religious Monuments under the jurisdiction of ASI, Hyderabad Circle all pertaining to Hinduism. These include Ramappa Temple, Palampet, and Thousand Pillar Hanamkonda. Warangal, Kudavalli Sangameshwara Swamy Temple, Alampur, Jogulamba Gadwal District, Papanasi Group of Temples, Alampur, Jogulamba Gadwal District and Nava Brahma Group of Temples, Alampur, Jogulamba Gadwal District.

The ASI said that they have spent Rs 2,01,19,396, on Thousand Pillar Hanamkonda. Warangal followed by Rs 97,10,791 on Ramappa Temple, Palampet.

The ASI spent Rs 76,69,320 on Kudavalli Sangameshwara Swamy Temple, Rs 54,30,071 on Nava Brahma Group of Temples and Rs 52,51,499 on Papanasi Group of Temples. All these temples are at Alampur, in Jogulamba Gadwal district.

Apart from repairing and renovating the temples, the money was spent on the construction of public amenities including toilets, drinking water, ticket counter, souvenir shop, publication counter, and cafeteria, and illumination.

Golconda Fort Religious place

In another RTI reply, the ASI said they are maintaining all structures of Golconda Fort including the mosques. However the Jagadamba and Mahankali Temple is being maintained by the Endowment Department, Government of Telangana.

In an RTI reply to Sashi Kumar, the ASI said that there are six mosques in the fort. They include Ibrahim Mosque, Taramati Mosque, Zanana Mosque, a Mosque in Naginabagh Garden, a Mosque in Record Office and Hazrath Siddi Shah Mosque behind Kilwath area. There are two temples, Jagdamaba and Mahankali Temple also situated inside the fort.

However, ASI clarified that there is no graveyard inside the fort

Sumit Kumar Jha

Sumit Kumar Jha is currently a multimedia journalist with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University and Amity University, he has interned with The New Indian Express and CGNet Swara. Sumit has also worked with video production houses in Mumbai as an assistant director in shows like 21 Sarfrosh for Discovery Jeet. He is specialised in Video Production. He was also the contributor at PARI network. Hailing from rural Bihar has spent his childhood shifting from places and people. Growing up he felt the need to document the lives and dreams of rural India. A lover of visual storytelling goes around the cities to search for Stories. He primarily reports on civic, human interest and data stories.

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