His campaign has at last spurred the Archaeological Survey of India to take action
Thanks to the efforts of social worker K.M. Mujeebuddin, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has issued a notice to an education society that violated the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act. The society had constructed a building without authorisation in the vicinity of the Haft Gumbaz (seven tombs) here, which is maintained by the ASI.
Mr. Mujeebuddin, a retired State government official, has often taken on the authorities over the preservation and protection of historic monuments in the district.
He wrote to authorities about a canteen built by the education society near the monument. The society also runs a chain of educational institutions on the grounds near the Haft Gumbaz. ASI authorities initially tried to stonewall Mr. Mujeebuddin, who also sought details of the expenditure incurred for the maintenance of the monument. They also denied any violation of the Act.
However, they have now issued a notice to the education society to remove the illegal construction. A communication from the Assistant Superintendent of Police, who is also the Chief Public Information Officer of ASI Dharwad Circle, dated February 22 said a notice was issued to the society on January 21, directing it to remove the unauthorised building within seven days of receiving the notice. Talking to The Hindu Mr. Mujeebuddin expressed happiness that the ASI had finally taken notice of the violation. However, the education society was yet to raze the building, and ASI had not taken any action either. “The ASI should immediately initiate steps to remove the illegal construction and protect the beauty of the monument,” he added.