Buddhist organisation seeks protection to monuments

The All-India Lay Buddhist Organisation (AILBO) has appealed to the Ministry of Environment and Forest to take proper care while finalising the draft for Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification.

In a representation sent to MoEF Secretary, AILBO district general secretary K. Venkata Ramana said on Monday that the new CRZ policy should see to it that the monuments, which had a glorious history of Buddhism should be protected. Buddhism was born in India and there were about 200 crore Buddha devotees all around the world.

Responding to suggestions sought by the ministry for CRZ draft 2010, he said in India, Buddhism developed along the coast especially on the East Coast. “In Visakhapatnam district, we have several Buddhist monuments on hills abutting the coast,” he stated.

In the name of the development, he alleged that various government agencies including the Tourism Department were trying to destroy heritage monument such as Thotlakonda, Pavuralakonda and Bavikonda.

Mr. Ramana pointed out that in the ancient days (period of Buddhism development) all monks of Buddhism travelled along coast, which was valuable and historical pathways.

Eventually the Archaeology Department had not completed hundred per cent excavation of heritage sites of Buddhist along the coast.

The CRZ notification of 1991 designated heritage sites in CRZ 1 but neither the government nor the local bodies were taking care of the historically important Buddhist sites, he pointed out.

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