Source: The Hindu
Income Tax Department has proposed a office cum residential complex on the land near the Belgaum Fort. If this is constructed then this will be a violation of the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958.
S.V.P. Halakatti, Superintending Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Dharwad Circle, said that The planned structure falls within the “regulated area” where “no construction activity is permitted”.
The IT dept has acquired 4.5 acres of land adjacent to the fort, and the contract for the same has been given to the CPWD.
The proposed building falls within the “regulated area” from the Jain temple complex, a protected national monument, located within the fort. However, the wall of the fort has not been listed as a protected monument. Notification
Further, he said that the IT Department had obtained permission on various occasions, but before the Union Government came out with a new notification a few months ago. As per the notification, the Government has declared an area up to 100 m from the protected limits as “prohibited area” and further beyond it up to 200 m as “regulated area”.
Permission for any construction work in regulated areas can be sought from the National Monument Authority (NMA) and not by the ASI.