Restoration work begins at Hampi

The ASI officers, who had so far evinced no interest in renovating the temple, swung into action soon after the State government handed over maintenance of the temple to the department.

On Saturday, a team of 25 workers began cleaning the temple premises. They scraped the lime coating to restore the originality of the stone structure.

Kempegowda, senior conservation officer of the ASI, told Deccan Herald that daily wage workers had been deployed to clean the 14th century world heritage site with chemicals. Its original features would be restored within the next three months.

Though the government had handed over 15.9 acres of land within the periphery of the temple to the Central government in 2003, the department did not initiate any restoration work till the formalities of handing over the charge were completed recently.

The Bellary district administration and the Hampi World Heritage Management Authority razed the illegal structures on the temple premises. Post-demolition, the ASI began exploring the 1,000-metre stretch in front of the temple and emerged with several new findings, including the relics dating back to the late Hoysala regime and the early Vijayanagara period.

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