Government initiates heritage policy to safeguard historic monuments in private properties, considers visitor fees

Subhash Phal Dessai, the Minister for Social Welfare, Archives, and Archaeology, revealed that the state government is actively formulating a heritage policy to address challenges in notifying historic monuments situated on private properties. Speaking at the Mantralaya during the launch of the Department of Archaeology’s official website, Phal Dessai emphasised the government’s intention to protect such monuments and generate revenue by involving private property owners in their maintenance. The proposed heritage policy aims to provide financial support to property owners while ensuring the preservation of historic monuments.

Phal Dessai also mentioned the possibility of imposing fees for visiting historic monuments in the state, contingent on the creation of necessary infrastructure. He highlighted that this approach could contribute to the government’s revenue while enabling the private property owners to receive financial assistance for monument upkeep.

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