History & Culture

Three times ASI budget spent on three sites

DELHI

Archaeological Survey of India seems to be spending three times more than its budget on just a fraction of the total number of monuments under its protection.

ASI’s Delhi circle has an annual budget of about Rs 9-10 crore for conservation, maintenance and upkeep of the 174 monuments under its purview. Yet, according to figures submitted in Parliament this week, almost Rs 24 crore has been spent annually on just three world heritage sites—Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb and Red Fort.

The figures were submitted in the Rajya Sabha by minister of state (independent charge) for culture and tourism Shripad Yesso Naik. As per the figures submitted by ASI, Humayun’s Tomb saw an expenditure of Rs 7.12 crore in 2011-12. The amount rose to Rs 7.74 crore in 2012-13 and it was Rs 7.11 crore in 2013-14. Qutub Minar also saw expenditure of Rs 10-12 crore between 2011-12 and 2013-14. The expenditure on Red Fort has been approximately Rs 6.85 crore annually since the last three years.

Full report here Times of India 

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