Saturday, August 2, 2014

SIBLAC convenor meets ASI officials on Dubdi Monastery restoration issue

GANGTOK, 01 Aug: SIBLAC convenor, Tseten Tashi Bhutia has taken up the issue of the dilapidated condition of Dubdi Monastery in West Sikkim with officials of Archeological Survey of India, Kolkata circle.
Speaking to NOW! over the phone, Mr Bhutia informed that he met Ashok Kumar Patel [Superintending Archeologist] and P. Kumar Das [Conservation Assistant, who is also In-charge of Sikkim, Archeologist Survey of India, Kolkata circle] and raised the issue of the dilapidated condition of Dubdi Monastery which is under ASI’s purview.
The earthquake of 2011 had wrecked extensive damage on Dubdi Monastery and its condition continues to remain so. The ASI had initiated a project to restore and preserve the Dubdi Monastery, however, the work is yet to begin.
The State government had also sanctioned funds for the restoration of the monastery, however, after the ASI took over no work was initiated leaving the old dilapidated monastery on the verge of collapse.
Mr Bhutia informs that ASI-Kolkata has assured to immediately start the restoration works after this rainy season gets over which is by the third week of September.
He further said that if the restoration work is not taken up by end of September, he will take the matter up in the highest forum of the central government.

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