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TPM welcomes move to bring temples under ASI

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Technical expertise will help protect ancient structures, says TPM convener M.V. Soundararajan


HYDERABAD: The Temples Protection Movement (TPM) has welcomed the proposal to bring temples under the ambit of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), saying that its technical expertise will only help protect the ancient structures.

At a press conference here on Monday, TPM convener M.V. Soundararajan said the Specified Authority was doing a commendable job and there was no reason why anyone should object to the move to bring the ASI in. He went on to explain that while protection of temples under the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams was one aspect, it also meant inclusion of ‘all religious structures', apart from the estimated 36,000 temples in the State.

He said there was a need to dispel the misinformation in the minds of some sections of people that bringing the ASI into the picture meant a complete handover and that it would probably even interfere with religious procedures.

“The ASI is an authority in preserving monuments, given its technical expertise and we support the TTD's decision,” he said.

Encroachments

He said this meant that encroachments could be curbed, apart from keeping the sanctum sanctorum and the structures around, undisturbed.

Director of Archaeology P. Chenna Reddy, who was also present, favoured the move as it would lead to better maintenance of the ancient structures. He also said the State Archaeological Department was prepared to take the responsibility.

Mr. Soundararajan recalled that the Endowments Department and the TTD had held a seminar recently on preserving ancient heritage with the help the REACH Foundation, a voluntary organisation founded by former ASI officers. “It was an eye-opener in many ways to engineers of the TTD and the department and a first-of-its-kind partnership,” he said. People need to be enlightened and made a partner in the move to protect ancient structures, he reiterated.

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