ASI plans to spruce up Hampi temples


The Archaeological Survey of India has mooted a plan to conduct a thorough survey of Hampi, capital of the erstwhile Vijayanagar empire and a Unesco world heritage site, to prevent waterlogging of the monuments during the monsoon.

Water gushes into a few religious and civil monuments in partially low lying areas, especially after incessant rains. Due to poor drainage system, water stagnates for a few days till it dries up on its own.The ASI is contemplating a survey in a move to find a lasting solution to the problem, ASI deputy superintending archaeologist Prakash Naykanda told PTI, adding, it had been proposed to the Karnataka government.

A permanent solution to protect the monuments will be possible once the mini circle office of ASI comes up at Hospet in Bellary district, he said.

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The old drainage system constructed during the Vijayanagar empire period is in a neglected state.

"Firstly we have to trace the old drainage systems in order to chalk out a plan for a new system," he said.

Virupaksha and Vittal temples top the list of monuments threatened due to inundation.

First Published: Sep 15 2014 | 8:38 PM IST

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