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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA Ministry of Culture
RAJYA SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. 209 ANSWERED ON FEBRUARY 5, 2014, MAGHA 16, 1935 (SAKA)
QUESTION Monuments of National Importance in Karnataka*209. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of CULTURE be pleased to state:
(a) the number of monuments and sites in Karnataka declared of national importance;
(b) the year:-vise funds spent by Government on conservation and maintenance of these monuments and sites of the State during the last four years;
(c) the income earned as entrance fee from these monuments and sites during the said period; and
(d) the steps Government has taken so far to provide basic amenities at these monuments and sites of the State?
ANSWER MINISTER OF CULTURE (SHRIMATI CHANDRESH KUMARI KATOCH)
(a) to (d) A statement is laid on the table of the House.
STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PART (a) TO (d) OF THE RAJYA SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. 209 FOR 5.2.2014
(a) There are 506 monuments/sites declared as of national importance in Karnataka under Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958.
(b) The expenditure incurred on conservation, preservation, maintenance and environmental development of centrally protected monuments/sites in Karnataka during the last four years, is as under:
(Rupees in Crores)
(c) The income/revenue earned through sale of entry tickets on centrally protected ticketed monuments in Karnataka during the last four years, is as under:
(Rupees in Crores)
(d) The Archaeological Survey of India conserves, preserves and maintains centrally protected monuments/sites on a regular basis, depending upon the requirement, the available manpower and financial resources. In addition to this, providing tourist related amenities (e.g. drinking water, toilet blocks, facilities for physically challenged, pathways, cultural notice boards/signage, vehicle parking, cloak rooms, etc.) at the centrally protected monuments/sites in Karnataka are the regular activities which the Archaeological Survey of India undertakes as per needs and availability of resources. However, basic public facilities are available at all World Heritage Sites and ASI's ticketed monuments.