Hyderabad: The State government plans to establish a special task force to clear unauthorised structures and encroachments at historic monuments in the city, apart from stepping up its efforts to obtain UNESCO recognition for Golconda Fort, Charminar and Qutb Shahi Tombs.
Addressing a special meeting on Monday to discuss the protection of historic monuments, Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao said the task force should be constituted with officials from the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority, Municipal department, and Revenue and Police departments.
The meeting, which had officials from Aga Khan Trust, Tourism, Archaeology, Municipal and Cultural departments, saw the Minister directing officials to make good use of information technology to protect monuments in Hyderabad. The officials also discussed an action plan to ensure that the Golconda Fort, Charminar and Qutb Shabi tombs were accorded UNESCO recognition as world heritage structures.
Stating that all efforts should be made to obtain the UNESCO recognition for these structures, Rao said authorities should go for geo-tagging of each monument and area, geo-fencing to ensure proper protection and to avoid any future litigation.
“Prepare an action plan for the protection and maintenance of the historic monuments apart from utilising technology to ensure preservation of the monuments under a Digital Heritage Project,” Rao instructed the officials.
The next meeting is likely to be held by March-end.