Special Correspondent

SHIMOGA: Director of the Southern Region of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Bangalore, S.V. Venkateshaiah said here on Sunday that the shortage of staff and lack of infrastructure in the State posed a big challenge to the ASI to safeguard the areas around protected monuments.

“But despite all these constraints, we are doing our best to ensure proper protection to them” he said.

Addressing presspersons, he said the excavation, conservation and maintenance of archaeological museums were the main functions of the ASI and that the activities related to them were being carried out through its two centres in Bangalore and Dharwad.

He said that while 390 declared historical monuments were being looked after by the offices coming under the jurisdiction of the Dharwad centre, 270 such monuments were brought under the care of the offices of the Bangalore centre. He said that the remaining monuments were being maintained by the State Department of Archaeology and Museums.