India: Tamil Nadu takes steps to create protected buffer zones around historical sites

CHENNAI: In an attempt to preserve historical monuments from the onslaught of quarrying, the Tamil Nadu government is taking steps to declare as “protected areas” the entire hills that house historical monuments, School Education Minister Thangam Thennarasu told the Assembly on Wednesday.

The Minister was replying to PMK whip T. Velmurugan and Viduthalai Chiruthaikal Katchi (VCK) leader D. Ravikumar who expressed concern over the safety of Tamil Brahmi inscriptions found on rocks in various parts of the State in the wake of increasing quarrying activities.

Mr. Thennarasu, who is also holding the Department of Archaeology, explained as per the government order issued in 1966, all activities were prohibited within the first 100 metres surrounding monuments.

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