A survey will be carried out to bring on record unprotected and lesser-known monuments located in and around Aurangabad.
A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the Heritage Conservation Committee (HCC) held in the office of additional divisional commissioner Gokul Maware today at 11 am. This was the first meeting of the HCC in 2013. A three-member committee to attend complaints regarding encroachments and defacing of monuments.
HCC president Jayant Deshpande and other office-bearers, including assistant director (town planning) D P Kulkarni, senior regional manager (MTDC) Chandrashekar Jaiswal, deputy engineer Faheem Siddiqui, historian Dulari Qureshi, state archaeology official N N Markandey and others attended the meeting. It was also decided to hold seminars and competitions for school and college students to celebrate the World Heritage Week (November 19-25), display signboards highlighting history outside every monument, pursue for funds, revise the list of monuments by conducting fresh survey of all protected, unprotected and lesser-known monuments, maintain text and photo documentation of all monuments.While expressing concern at the mounting complaints of encroachments around monuments, defacing them with graffiti, the meeting formed a three-member committee comprising Siddiqui, Qureshi and Jaiswal to look into them. The HCC meeting also directed the state archaeology and AMC to remove shrubs growing on the heritage gates.
Meanwhile, acting civic chief G B Maware has appealed to citizens to volunteer their services in protecting the heritage monuments. "They should immediately report to the HCC, if they spot any untoward incidents or encroachments in and around the monuments. This will help the authorities take immediate action and save the monuments," he added.