The silent burial

Updated - April 21, 2017 05:59 pm IST

Published - January 08, 2015 12:26 am IST

The Tamilnadu Heritage Commission Act, 2012 has not seen the light of day. The 12th Finance Commission, for example, had allotted Rs.480 lakh for the conservation of heritage buildings in Tamil Nadu for 2007-2010 (G.O. (Ms)No.108 of June 6, 2007 of Tourism and Culture (MA 2) Department). The work was to be implemented by the State Archaeology Department and executed by the Public Works Department. But the local PWD does not appear to have the expertise or the needed proficiency in conservation archaeology. Last week, I visited the tomb of De Lannoy’s (1715-1777) at the Udayagiri fort in Puliyoor kurichi which is in Kalkulam taluk of Kanyakumari district. To my surprise, I found the tomb covered in three-foot high bushes. It must be noted that the 12th Finance Commission had sanctioned Rs.38.5 lakh to renovate the tomb and tile the roof. Archaeological sites in Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli and Tuticorin are looked after by an assistant archaeologist. How can he monitor the hundreds of monuments there? The State government must strengthen monitoring mechanisms and realise that one-time grants will not aid conservation efforts.

R.S. Lal Mohan,Nagercoil

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