//After new Bill to protect monuments (demands for illegal touristy
projects at monuments have already started flowing from
RWAs-become-shareholders in hawking heritage, which will soon become
latest dire-need of The People)

Now Bhagidari extends to conservation of monuments
By Our Staff Reporter
NEW DELHI, JAN. 4. Taking yet another step forward towards extending the
purview of the Bhagidari scheme, the Delhi Government today decided to
bring the protection, maintenance and conservation of historical monuments
and buildings of architectural importance in the Capital under the scheme
in association with Residents' Welfare Associations (RWAs).
Giving this information here, the Delhi Tourism and Education Minister,
Arvinder Singh Lovely, informed that the Delhi Government had decided to
involve public participation in the upkeep and maintenance of monuments
through the RWAs and non-government organisations under the Bhagidari
scheme. To carry out these activities, financial assistance would be
extended to the RWAs by the Department of Archaeology to the tune of Rs. 1
lakh per annum per monument...


//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