AGRA: With monuments run by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) closed due to a spike in COVID-19 instances, the central authorities organisation will use the time to perform conservation work at Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri premises in Agra.
The intention behind finishing up such work was to make the monuments extra stunning for the vacationers when as soon as they reopen, a senior ASI official in Agra mentioned on Saturday.
On April 15, the long-lasting Taj Mahal and different ASI centrally protected monuments, websites and museums have been shut until May 15 by the Ministry of Culture due to the rise in coronavirus instances throughout the nation.
Superintending Archaeologist, ASI, Agra Circle, Vasant Kumar Swarnkar instructed PTI, “As monuments have been closed until May 15 due to the spike in COVID instances, we’ll utilise that point in conservation of Taj Mahal premises, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.
” He added, “During the closed interval, mud pack remedy might be utilized to the primary dome of Taj Mahal whereas conservation of minars in the monument might be carried out.
” “The previous stones of pietra dura artwork on the royal gate might be modified and the royal gate itself might be given a brand new look,” Swarnkar added.
Mud packs have been commonly utilized by the ASI to take away yellow stains which have appeared through the years on Taj Mahal’s white marble facade.
The remedy is believed to assist in restoring the pure shine and color of the monument.
The senior official mentioned renovation of the fortification of partitions of Agra Fort can also be in the checklist together with different renovation work of Amar Singh Gate, Diwan-e-Aam, Musamman Burj, and so forth.
In Fatehpur Sikri, the ASI will perform conservation of Todarmal Baradari, Hamam and Samosa Mahal contained in the Mughal-era premises.
During the time of renovation and conservation, the rules of COVID-19 might be adopted, Swarnkar added.
“The finances for the renovation and conservation of the monuments’ premises was about Rs 1 crore and that was proposed in the final monetary yr,” the ASI official added.
Vice-president of Tourism Guild of Agra Rajeev Saxena appreciated the step and mentioned, “It will give a brand new look to Taj Mahal and different monuments.
The initiative would give a ‘Wah Taj!’ expertise to guests when the monuments might be reopened primarily based on the federal government tips.
” He added that the Indian railways had final yr utilised the pandemic associated lockdown months in renovation and different growth works for higher expertise of travellers.
Similarly, the step taken by ASI, Agra would make an excellent impression on vacationers, Saxena mentioned.