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Steps will be taken to safeguard Ashok Pillar

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Salem Corporation tells INTACH

Salem Corporation has told the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) here that it would take necessary steps to safeguard the Ashok Pillar, erected in 1949 in Salem city, in remembrance of the sacrifices of those who fought for Indian Independence.

It was erected in 1949 as ‘Martyrs' Memorial,' in front of the Salem Collectorate complex by Semmandapatty Venkatappa Chettiar, who served as the Salem Municipal Chairman between 1919 and1924.

The Salem Chapter of INTACH's Co-Convener S. Sharavanan in his plea to the Salem Corporation Commissioner S Natarajan has pointed out that the Corporation has installed fountains around the pillar as part of beautification of the traffic island.

It has been designed in such a way that water would fall on the top portion of the stone pillar.

This would spoil the pillar's granite structure, he says. Besides, those who stop at the traffic signal gets drenched. Considering the historical importance of the pillar, the INTACH has requested the Corporation, to redesign the jets so that the water from them does not fall on the pillar. The Commissioner has forwarded the plea to the Executive Engineer for further action.

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