`World Heritage Site': Telangana HC to supervise conservation, development of Ramappa temple

UNESCO recently included the temple in the list of World Heritage Site. The court said that it would supervise the conservation and development of the temple.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  29 July 2021 4:18 AM GMT
`World Heritage Site: Telangana HC to supervise conservation, development of Ramappa temple

Hyderabad: Telangana High Court on Wednesday directed state and central governments to prepare a comprehensive plan for conservation and management of iconic Ramappa temple in Mulugu district

UNESCO recently included the temple in the list of World Heritage Site. The court said that it would supervise the conservation and development of the temple.

A division bench of Telangana High Court comprising Chief Justice Hima Kohli and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy underlined the importance of national heritage monuments in Telangana.

The bench asked the government to constitute a committee comprising the District Collector and representatives of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the Archaeology Department. It directed the committee to visit the temple and meet on August 4 to prepare a roadmap to develop the temple. It directed the committee to submit its report to the court within four weeks.

The first meeting shall be convened on August 4. Regular meetings after a joint survey of the area must be undertaken by the concerned officer. It instructed the Archaeological Survey of India, State Archaeological department, department of Heritage, and Mulugu District Collector to nominate officers of senior rank to coordinate with the project. They should prepare the plan within the framework of the World Heritage Committee.

The bench while addressing the matter observed that World Heritage Site tag puts the Iconic Ramappa temple and Telangana on the international map. The bench stated that the admission of this matter is not adversarial but that the court wants to monitor the parties.

The bench made it clear that officers of different departments of both governments have to make concerted efforts for the purpose

The court cautioned the government against any slackness in attending to the work. "It would be in their own interests if the officials fix deadlines for themselves and develop the temple in every aspect", the bench pointed out.

"The work that the parties do is under the lens of not just the court, but the whole nation. If you fail, the whole country will blame you," the court said.

The matter has been adjourned to August 24.

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