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Illegal construction at Amritsar’s Ram Bagh irks ASI

AMRITSAR

Giving scant regards to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) norms regarding protecting of the national monuments, alleged unauthorised construction activities are going on unabated at the historic Ram Bagh, the summer palace of legendary Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh, in the name of the beautification that is being carried out by the Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT).

The construction work has also not gone down well with environmentalists who claimed that it would adversely affect the green belt and the natural beauty of the garden, reports The Tribune.

The AIT has embarked upon a beautification project under which it proposed to lay concrete pathways, musical fountains near the statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and concrete platforms in the children park.

The historic garden was declared as a monument of national importance in October 2004. However, even after the notification, the ASI does not have possession of its whole premises. A majority of the area of the complex is still under occupation of the Punjab Cultural and Tourism Department.

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