Karnataka Samrakshane Scheme 2020-21 to Protect Unlisted Heritage Monuments
The Karnataka government generates handsome revenue from the tourism industry. The historical sites are categorized under various groups. It is the responsibility of the central government to take the necessary measures, for the maintenance of the heritage buildings. However, many equally important sites fail to make it to the list. The present Chief Minister of Karnataka has launched a unique scheme that will ensure the restoration of the historical monuments in the state. Under the Samrakshane Scheme, the restoration experts will identify these monuments, and assess the damages. Depending on these assessment reports, the restoration works will commence.
|Name of the scheme||Samrakshane Scheme 2020-2021|
|Launched by||B. S. Yediyurappa|
|Official date of announcement||5th March 2020|
|Official implementation date||Soon|
|Scheme target||Restoration of unlisted heritage sites|
|Supervised by||Karnataka Tourism Department|
|Implemented by||Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Dharmothana Trust|
Key features of the scheme
- Developing tourism in the state – The primary aim of the state government is to ensure that the historical places are maintained. It will increase the flow of tourists in this area. This will have a positive impact on the development of Karnataka tourism.
- Identification of historically significant monuments – The primary task of the respective state department, along with the committee will be to identify the damaged historical and ancient sites, which need immediate restoration.
- Number of non-listed heritage sites – It has been mentioned by the Karnata Chief Minister that 25,000 sites have been already identified. These ancient monuments are not considered heritage sites by the Archeological Survey of India, but these hold historical significance.
- Damage assessment – During the implementation of this scheme, the experts will visit the locations. They will use special tools to evaluate the present condition of the establishments. It will assist them in preparing the damage assessment reports.
- Restoration efforts – The expert engineers, restoration and archeological experts will chalk out appropriate maintenance strategies, which will ensure the beautification and protection of the historical sites.
- Responsibility of the restoration activities – The Chief Minister shed light on the fact that the state officials will work with the experts of Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Dharmothana Trust. The members of this trust possess the qualification and the experience to tackle such cases.
- Free guidance from the experts – The restoration specialists, associated with the rust will offer their services free of cost. The engineers, archeological and restoration specialists will not charge any money for their services.
- Budget allocation for restoration activities – The Chief Minister of Karnataka has announced that the state finance department will provide the funds, necessary for the restoration of the historical places.
The non-listed historical sites also hold significance. These buildings are a part of India’s rich culture and heritage. Lack of proper restoration paves the path for the degradation of these buildings. The Karnataka government has taken a commendable initiative that will ensure the protection of these monuments. The restoration of these historical sites will attract the attention of the tourists. The inflow of more tourists will assist the state tourism department to generate more revenue.