Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains bill 2017

Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains bill 2017

Question- Which of the following statement is true about Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains act 1958. ?
(a)The Act defines a ‘prohibited area’ as an area of 100 meters around a protected monument or area.
(b)The central government can not extend the prohibited area beyond 100 meters.
(c)Both
(d)None of the above.
Answer- (a)
Related facts-

  • Historians have opposed amendment in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958.
  • The changes propose to allow the construction of Centre-approved public infrastructure within a 100 metre radius of protected monuments under Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Key features of Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017:

  • The bill amends the provision of AMASR act 1958 related to construction in ‘prohibited areas’ to permit the construction of public work in the prohibited areas for public purposes.
  • It introduces definition for ‘public works’, which includes construction of any infrastructure that is financed and carried out by central government.

About Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains act 1958(AMASR)-

  • AMASR Act provides for preservation of ancient and historical monuments and archaeological sites and remains of national importance.
  • The Act defines a ‘prohibited area’ as an area of 100 meters around a protected monument or area.
  • The central government can extend the prohibited area beyond 100 meters.
  • It does not permit construction in such prohibited areas even if it is for public purposes, except under certain conditions.

References

http://www.prsindia.org/billtrack/the-ancient-monuments-and-archaeological-sites-and-remains-amendment-bill-2017-4822/

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/changes-in-asi-act-opposed/article24920136.ece#

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