Monuments in Warangal deserve international recognition

Published on March 18, 2015 20:13:12 PM
Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) convenor M Panduranga Rao has stated that monuments in Warangal district such as Thousand Pillar Temple, Ramappa Temple and Fort deserve international recognition.

He expressed confidence that the Central government’s programme HRIDAY (Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana) would help in achieving this. "There are monuments, which are of more recent origin compared to Kakatiya monuments in the district, which have got World Heritage site status from UNESCO. Our local sites too deserve it,” opined Professor Rao.

However, it is not an easy task to get international recognition and to get listed in the world heritage sites, the monuments should be well preserved and well maintained. There should be no settlements within their 100 metres and 300 metres, what they call prohibited zone and restricted zone. However, at present these monuments are acting as tourist spots and surrounding them are many commercial complexes. Professor Rao said that the State and Central governments should come up with good relief and rehabilitation package to remove settlements around the structures.

At present, the historic Thousand Pillar Temple’s kalyana mandapam, dismantled a decade ago, is under restoration, which is being scrutinized by experts. If the government provides better infrastructure at the monuments then they will definitely get international reputation.