Andhra Pradesh

Stupa will be restored, says Tourism Minister

Experts are likely to visit the site to work out a restoration plan, according to official.

Experts are likely to visit the site to work out a restoration plan, according to official.  

It collapsed partially due to heavy rain

Steps would be taken to restore the 2nd century BC Buddhist stupa at Thotlakonda in the district, which partially collapsed following heavy downpour on Wednesday, Tourism Minister M. Srinivasa Rao said on Thursday.

“It is very unfortunate. I will get it examined and initiate steps to restore the heritage site,” the Minister said.

During the TDP rule, a Heritage Board was constituted, and the departments of Archaeology, Culture and Tourism brought under it. This created a confusion, the Minister observed.

Meanwhile, it was learnt that 70% of the structure that had been restored three years ago was damaged.

The main structure, built thousands of years ago, did not suffer any damage.

Report soon

Meanwhile, Assistant Director of State Archaeology Department S. Venkat Rao visited the site and said that a report would be sent to the Commissioner of the department. He also said that experts were likely to visit the site to work out a restoration plan. The department fenced the area to keep the vistors at bay.

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