Lok Sabha Passes Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Download PDF)

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Lok Sabha passed The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017 to allow government to take up infrastructure projects within prohibited areas around protected monuments.

Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017
  • The Bill amends the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (AMASR) Act, 1958.

What is AMAsR Act, 1958?

  • The AMASR Act passed in 1958 provides for preservation of ancient and historical monuments and archaeological sites and remains of national importance.
  • It provides for the regulation of archaeological excavations and for protection of sculptures, carvings, and other like objects.
  • The Archaeological Survey of India functions under the provisions of this act.

Key Provisions of AMAsR

  • The Act prohibits construction in ‘prohibited area’ , an area of 100 meters around protected monument.
  • It does not permit construction in such prohibited areas even if it is for public purposes, except under certain conditions.
  • The central government can extend the prohibited area beyond 100 meters.

What Are the Key Amendments of the Bill?

  • Permit construction of public works in ‘prohibited areas’ for public purposes. It introduces definition for ‘public works’ , which includes construction of any infrastructure that is financed and carried out by central government for public purposes.
  • Allow public works based on recommendation of National Monuments Authority (NMA) on application forwarded by relevant central government department, that seeks to carry out construction for public purposes in a prohibited area.
  • Empowers NMA to consider an impact or assess the proposed public works in prohibited area, including its archaeological impact, visual impact and heritage impact.
  • NMA will recommend for construction of public works to the central government, only if it is satisfied that there is no reasonable possibility of moving the construction outside the prohibited area

- Published/Last Modified on: February 14, 2018


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