The Archaeological Survey of India has lodged a complaint against construction of a Delhi Metro corridor near Jantar Mantar that has been undertaken at a distance of 210 metres from the monument which falls within the regulated area.
Culture Minister Kumari Selja told the Rajya Sabha today that the ASI has also issued a 'show cause notice' to stop the work since the construction is in contravention of Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment and Validation) Act, 2010.
She, however, said no adverse effect on structures of Jantar Mantar has been observed due to construction of work of Delhi Metro.
"The construction work at Jantar Mantar has been undertaken at a distance of 210 metres, which falls within regulated area of monument," she told the House in a written reply.
Construction within 300 metres of protected monuments is prohibited under the Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment and Validation) Act, 2010.
"Archaeological Survey of India lodged a police complaint and issued 'Show Cause Notice' to stop the work since the said construction work is in contravention to the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment and Validation) Act, 2010 as it is being taken up without permission from the Competent Authority," she said.
Selja also said the ASI is undertaking conservation measures on regular basis at Jantar Mantar.
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