Telangana ASI Office Loses Key Science Branch to Mumbai | Hyderabad News

HYDERABAD: The most important scientific branch of the city’s Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has been moved to Mumbai. This leaves Telangana and Andhra Pradesh without a scientific section in the offices of the ASI circle to carry out the research part of the conservation of monuments. It was the joint scientific branch of ASI for the Circles of Hyderabad and Amaravati which together have 139 monuments of unprecedented historical and heritage value.
Ironically, the change in scientific branch comes at a time when the 800-year-old temple of Ramappa has been awarded the Unesco World Heritage Site label.

The branch was established in Hyderabad in 1953 and helped gain Unesco recognition for Ramappa as it was the first research body to scientifically prove that “floating” bricks were used in the construction of the stone monument. from the Kakatiya period. In addition, Trade Union Minister G Kishen Reddy, who also handles the archeology portfolio, is from Hyderabad.
The ASI in its office order (n ° 247/2021-admn.I) published on October 13 refers to the transfer of the scientific branches from New Delhi and Hyderabad to Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh and Mumbai respectively, without giving reasons . On the one hand, the ASI order speaks of the revival of 41 posts and the creation of 758 new posts in different cadres to strengthen the first archaeological organism, but on the other hand, it closes the Hyderabad branch by transferring it to Mumbai.
INTACH Hyderabad official P Anuradha Reddy told STOI that the decision to relocate the office was unfortunate as it would impact the scientific conservation of Ramappa and several monuments on the Tentative Lists or proposed for the Unesco label. ASI has three main branches – conservation, science and horticulture. The scientific branch is important because it carries out research on the materials used in the monument and the protection against the vagaries of nature and pollution from vehicles and industries, she added.
With the relocation of the scientific office to Mumbai, it will be difficult for ASI to continue scientific work in Andhra Pradesh, which has 131 protected monuments and Telangana, which has 30 archaeological sites and structures. Maharashtra already has two scientific branches and that of Mumbai will be the third. Uttar Pradesh also has two scientific branches. Kerala, which has less than 30 protected monuments, has its own scientific branch.

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