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GUWAHATI, Aug 30 - The State�s Directorate of Archaeology is still awaiting concrete steps from the Kamrup (Metro) district authorities for handing over physical possession of the Narakasur Hill site where remnants of an antique wall were found by a group of city-based archaeological enthusiasts led by general surgeon Dr Satyakam Phukan on February 19 this year.

Dr D Kauli, Director, Archaeology, told this newspaper here today that the experts from the Directorate have already visited the site and found remnants of an old brick structure there and the Kamrup (Metro) district authorities were requested to hand over the possession of the site through a letter on June 6, 2017.

�Only after getting the physical possession of the site, we can go for its protection and preservation,� she said. The exact time of the structure found at the site is yet to be ascertained, though it may safely be assumed that it may belong to the early mediaeval period, she added.

Dr Phukan said the remains of a wall were found running continuously right from the west of the TV Tower on the Narakasur Hill to Birubari, covering 2.5 kilometres� stretch.

The Archaeology Director said the Narakasur Hill is a site with the rich cultural heritage of the mediaeval period. If it is to be notified as a �Protected Archaeological Site� under the purview of Section 3 (1) of The Assam Ancient Monument and Records Act, 1959 and The Assam Ancient Monument and Record Rules, 1964, the notification required to be issued for the purpose would need revenue clearance and the district authorities need to take appropriate steps to facilitate this notification.

Moreover, the district authorities also need to properly mention the necessary particulars like measurement of the land of the sites and the monuments located there, besides the patta and dag numbers, name of the location and views of the deputy commissioner, while initiating the process for protection of the sites, added Dr Kauli.

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Permission delay hits maintenance of ancient structure

GUWAHATI, Aug 30 - The State�s Directorate of Archaeology is still awaiting concrete steps from the Kamrup (Metro) district authorities for handing over physical possession of the Narakasur Hill site where remnants of an antique wall were found by a group of city-based archaeological enthusiasts led by general surgeon Dr Satyakam Phukan on February 19 this year.

Dr D Kauli, Director, Archaeology, told this newspaper here today that the experts from the Directorate have already visited the site and found remnants of an old brick structure there and the Kamrup (Metro) district authorities were requested to hand over the possession of the site through a letter on June 6, 2017.

�Only after getting the physical possession of the site, we can go for its protection and preservation,� she said. The exact time of the structure found at the site is yet to be ascertained, though it may safely be assumed that it may belong to the early mediaeval period, she added.

Dr Phukan said the remains of a wall were found running continuously right from the west of the TV Tower on the Narakasur Hill to Birubari, covering 2.5 kilometres� stretch.

The Archaeology Director said the Narakasur Hill is a site with the rich cultural heritage of the mediaeval period. If it is to be notified as a �Protected Archaeological Site� under the purview of Section 3 (1) of The Assam Ancient Monument and Records Act, 1959 and The Assam Ancient Monument and Record Rules, 1964, the notification required to be issued for the purpose would need revenue clearance and the district authorities need to take appropriate steps to facilitate this notification.

Moreover, the district authorities also need to properly mention the necessary particulars like measurement of the land of the sites and the monuments located there, besides the patta and dag numbers, name of the location and views of the deputy commissioner, while initiating the process for protection of the sites, added Dr Kauli.

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