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Ministry of Culture seeks partnership with Google to map heritage

There are a total of 3,693 sites in India protected under the Archaeological Survey of India.

New Delhi:

Using state-of-the-art technology, the Ministry of Culture will digitally map the boundaries of more than 3,600 centrally protected monuments to increase surveillance of these sites to improve security and check for intrusions. I am planning to do.

Trade union culture minister G Kishan Reddy has said tech giant Google can help the government in doing this work, and talks are planned with the ministry and search engine giants.

India has a total of 3,693 sites protected under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) under the jurisdiction of the ministry.

Continuing a decade-long partnership between the Ministry of Culture and Google, a project named ‘India ki Udaan’ was unveiled at a glittering event here at Sundar Nursery on Friday evening, ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’. Commemorating the legacy of some of the milestones and iconic figures India has achieved in its 75-year journey from independence.

Conducted by Google Arts & Culture, the project celebrates India’s achievements and “is themed around India’s enduring and enduring spirit over the past 75 years.” Drawing from its extensive archives and featuring artistic illustrations that tell the country’s story, G Kishan Reddy said in a speech at the event that Google will help the Ministry of Culture digitally map the boundaries of more than 3,600 centrally protected monuments. This will help us better monitor our site and check for intrusions.

He said Google can also help digitize valuable archival material.

“Therefore, I urge the Google team to become a partner in the government’s transformation journey while promoting tourism destinations in India,” said G Kishan Reddy.

Speaking to the PTI later on as a bystander at the event, the Union Culture Minister said, “It takes a lot of people to monitor a site. I can,’ he said.

G Kishan Reddy said the ministry envisions using cutting-edge technology to enable these sites to be monitored from its headquarters in New Delhi.

“So you can sit in Delhi and watch all the monuments and what’s going on there. That’s what we want to do,” he said, adding, “They are going to meet us.”

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is headquartered in Delhi, housed in Darohar Bhawan, headed by the Director General, and has regional level circles headed by archaeologists from each circle.

The Ancient and Archaeological Sites (AMASR) Act of 1958 was amended in 2010 to declare a 100-meter radius of protected monuments a prohibited area and the next 300-meter radius a restricted area. Protection of ASI sites is governed by this law. In a written response to a question in the House of Commons on 1 August, the union’s culture minister said that ASI maintains protected monuments through its circles and that “provisions to fund non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are No,’ he said.

“ASI conducts regular preservation and preservation of centrally protected monuments, sites. and through private security,” he said.

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