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Assembly passes Bill to protect heritage sites

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  11 July 2015 12:00 AM GMT


ITAGAR, July 10: The State assembly today passed the ‘Aruchal Pradesh Heritage Bill, 2015’ by voice votes which was laid in the house on July 7 last by Research Minister Thangwang Wangham. Wangham, while participating in the discussion informed the house that the bill was moved with the aim to make provisions for conservation and protection of heritage sites including buildings, artifacts, structures, areas, streets and precincts of historic, cultural or environmental significance and sites of scenic beauty.

The bill would also have provisions for conservation and protection of area of environment sensitivity and matters connected with it, he said.

He said the State government would constitute the Aruchal Pradesh Heritage Authority (APHA) to look after all heritage sites and monuments in the State.

“Ziro, the Apatani Cultural Landscape in Lower Subansiri district and Thembang Village at Dirang under West Kameng district are included in the UNESCO’s tentative list of World Heritage Site. For inclusion of cultural or tural landscape as World Heritage Site, it requires an Act for proper safeguard of the tural, monumental and cultural heritage for which the Bill was introduced,” he added.

He also assured to include the local MLAs as members of the APHA as suggested by BJP MLA Tage Taki from Ziro.

Taking part in the discussion, senior BJP member Japu Deru suggested for identification of all heritage sites in the State in consultation with the local people, while Congress member P D So termed it as a ‘thoughtful bill’.

Stating that Aruchal is full of heritage sites, BJP MLA Laisam Simai suggested for enlisting the Stillwell Road, World War II War Cemetery near Jairampur in Changlang district with 1000 graves besides important stone pillars and bridges of second world war period.

Senior Congress member C T Mein citing the example of holy Parasuram Kund in msai district said that the famous pilgrimage site received thousands of pilgrims every year but the State government has done little for its conservation. He also referred to Tameshwari Temple at Paya in the district which could be enlisted in the world heritage list.

Women and Child Development Minister Wanglin Lowangdon said that the bill would inculcate the sense of belonging among the people, while Agriculture and Horticulture Minister Chow Mein suggested Research department to be remed as cultural research department.

Speaker bam Rebia asked the minister to incorporate all the important suggestions in the bill in the future before adjourning the house for the day.

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