Now, it’s a battle for Telangana heritage that’s unfolding in the city. Allegations flying thick and fast suggest that Telangana’s historical monuments have been given a raw deal by the Centre that has, under the 13th financial commission grants fund (2011-1016), disbursed Rs 59 crore to the state archeology department, to take up restoration of heritage structures across Andhra Pradesh.
While the Coastal Andhra region has been favoured with the lion’s share, Rs 25.7 crore, the T region has got just about Rs 17.85 crore. Rayalaseema, meanwhile, has managed to get Rs 15.15 crore. Incidentally, Guntur district has been allotted the maximum corpus of Rs 10.2 crore, a good Rs 3 crore more than the capital city’s share of Rs 7.3 crore. Anantapur too has been handed just about Rs 7.15 crore.
While authorities justify the allocation by pointing out how more repair works have been identified in the coastal belt (82 of the total 175 listed by the state department are there), than in the T region (48), heritage experts are far from amused. They argue that Telangana has rich historic value, which has been neglected by the powers that be, for too long. Their claim is rooted in the fact that a whopping 46 of the proposed ‘restoration sites’ are from West Godavari district, while none from backward districts of Adilabad or Srikakulam found any mention on this list.
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