LS passes bill to build public projects in protected monuments

NEW DELHI: A bill to allow the Government to take up infrastructure projects within prohibited areas around protected monuments was passed in the Lok Sabha today.

“Moving away from the party lines, the members have supported the Bill,” Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said while replying to the concerns raised by the members during the debate on Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

“We are happy to say that in the last three years UNESCO has recognised six monuments (of India),” the Minister said.

The bar on new construction within prohibited areas of a protected monument was adversely affecting various public works and developmental projects of the Central Government, the bill’s Statement of Objects and Reasons said.

Amendments have been proposed in the legislation to the 1958 Act that prohibits carrying out any public work or project or other constructions in any prohibited area around protected monuments. (AGENCIES)