A day after agitating sugarcane farmers vandalised the ancient Jantar Mantar monument here, the Archaeological Survey of India stepped in on Friday to undertake repair work.

An ASI official said though no serious damage was done to the main monument, the broken railings, gates, dustbins, door locks and floodlights have to be replaced.

“Our first priority is to restore the railing temporarily with barbed wire fencing to prevent trespassing and repaint the main entry gate. The locks on the wooden doors that are part of the monument structure have also been broken and will have to be replaced. Work has already started and will be completed in the next couple of days,” the official said.

“Once the temporary repair work is over, we would be submitting a detailed report on overall damage to the monument complex and prepare an estimate. After money is sanctioned we would be able to take up permanent repair work and get re-fencing done for the entire complex. The process would take about a fortnight,” he added.

A large number of farmers had descended on the Capital on Thursday and marched from the Ramlila Grounds to Jantar Mantar demanding withdrawal of the sugarcane pricing ordinance by the Union Government.

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