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GOVERNOR WRITES TO UNION MINISTER OVER RESTORATION OF BOM JESUS BASILICA

 

                                                                                                      Panaji: May 6, 2020

 

Governor of Goa, Shri Satya Pal Malik  has held telephonic conversation with Minister of Culture, GOI, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel and has also written to him seeking his intervention in the matter of negligence of Archeological Survey of India (ASI) in the preservation, conservation and restoration of Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa .

The Governor, after receiving a copy of letter from Fr. Patricio Fernandes, Rector of Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa, had called for a detailed report from ASI, Goa Circle. After going through the report, The Governor was of the view that though ASI (Goa Circle) in its report has cited various constrains for the slow pace of work, the report reflects uncoordinated action and non-committal attitude of the different branches of ASI in dealing with preservation and restoration of the architectural marvel.

As ASI functions under Ministry of Culture, Hon'ble Governor has sought the intervention of Minister of Culture, GOI, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel, and has requested him to direct the ASI authorities to pull up their socks to complete all the restoration works in a time bound manner and if possible, before the monsoon arrives in Goa.

 

The Governor has also invited Shri Patel, Minister Culture, GOI, to visit Basilica of Bom Jesus once the lockdown ends. The Minister of Culture has assured Hon'ble Governor that he would visit once the lockdown ends. The Union Minister further informed that he will send some Senior ASI Authorities to visit Basilica of Bom Jesus in the meantime.

 

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