Three-phase roof repair of Datta Peetha cave

Project to be implemented without causing damage

Three-phase roof repair of Datta Peetha cave

He was addressing reporters at the deputy commissioner’s office here on Saturday, after conducting an inspection of the monument at Bababudangiri, along with the officials of the Archaeological Survey of India and a Committee formed as per the orders of the Supreme Court.

Prabhakar said the Committee members had met in Bangalore the previous week and discussed repair of the cave. After conducting an inspection, it was decided to implement the project in three phases.

A technical sub-committee has been formed to chalk out the entire project, he said. The secretary said, care will be taken to ensure that no more damages are caused to the cave during the renovation. A decision in this regard will be taken by next Wednesday.
The repair work will be entrusted to an expert agency, under the guidance of the Archaeological Survey of India.

Before the last phase of work is taken up, a technical investigation will have to be conducted by the Geological Survey of India.
INTACH, a expert in restoration of historical monuments will provide necessary assistance to Mines and Geology Department.

Director of Geological Survey of India Venkatesh said permanent renovation work cannot be taken up unless an assessment of the laterite soil in the region is obtained.
DH News Service

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