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Present Context

  • Earlier, the policy was to preserve a structure without meddling. Now, there is a policy change where ASI can reconstruct a building or a structure if the authorities can find evidence about how it looked earlier. Sometimes, the evidence is in the form of a photograph or a painting.
  • Thanks to this change in policy, many of the ruined structures have been restored to their earlier condition.

Golkonda Fort

  • Golkonda (“Round shaped hill”) or Golla konda, (Shepherd’s Hill) is a citadel and fort in Southern India and was the capital of the medieval sultanate of the Qutb Shahi dynasty (1512–1687 AD), is situated 11 km west of Hyderabad.
  • It is also a tehsil of Hyderabad district, Telangana, India. The region is known for the mines that have produced some of the world’s most famous gems, including the Koh-i-Noor, the Hope Diamond, Nassak Diamond and the Noor-ul-Ain.
  • The Golconda fort is key to Telangana government’s effort at acquiring a UNESCO World Heritage Site status for its Qutb Shahi-era monuments.

Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)

  • The ASI is the premier organization for the archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage of the country.
  •  The prime objection of ASI is to maintain the archaeological sites, ancient monuments and remains of national importance.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Established: 1861 by Alexander Cunningham.
  • It regulates all archaeological activities as per the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958. It also regulates Antiquities and Art Treasure Act, 1972.
  • It functions under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Culture.