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INTACH urged to save monuments

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APPEAL:Arya Trust honorary president H.G. Daddi submitting a memorandum to INTACH president Maj. Gen. L.K. Gupta in Bijapur on Wednesday. The former TRAI chairman Anil Gokak, Raju Vijapur and Sadashiv Pawar

Bijapur: Members of the Arya Trust and BLDES' Heritage Club of Bijapur have appealed to the Indian National Trust for Cultural Heritage (INTACH) to protect Adil Shahi monuments here. They are facing the threat of destruction due to unregulated urbanisation and rampant encroachment by local people.

In a memorandum submitted to Maj. Gen. L.K. Gupta, INTACH chief, during his visit to the city on Wednesday, they said that Bijapur was a unique urban habitat with 94 nationally protected monuments, including the Gol Gumbaz and Ibrahim Roza.

However, the invaluable cultural edifices were in danger now.

Unregulated urbanisation, lack of adequate resources and greed for land had posed a threat to the Adil Shahi legacy of grand architectural heritage.

They said that several major archaeological sites were either damaged beyond repair or had been encroached upon by private parties. Unscrupulous persons who had disregard for the great history and cultural heritage of the country were making a systematic effort to take control of historical buildings, including the nationally protected structures situated in Bijapur city.

They appealed to INTACH to save the priceless monuments by focussing attention on these monuments and exerting pressure on the Government at the highest level. Arya Trust honorary president H.G. Daddi led the delegation. Sadashiv Pawar of Heritage Club, Pradeep Jadhav, Raikar and Raju Vijapur were present.

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