Buddhist Sites to be conserved in Andhra Pradesh

UNI, December 11, 2008

VISAKHAPATNAM, India -- Andhra Pradesh Archaeology and Museums Department Director P Chenna Reddy said Rs 44.5 lakh was allocated for conservation works, such as, fencing boundaries in the Buddhist Sites and preservation of Chaityas, Stupas and Viharas at Thotlakonda and Pavurallakonda in the region.

Talking to newspersons here last night, Reddy said Rs one crore would be sanctioned in the second phase for protection, preservation, conservation of archaeology, arechaeological sites and historical monuments in the region.

The Driector said a regional museum for 'Buddhist Heritage' would be set up here. Efforts were on to attract buddhist tourists from south-east Asian countries, including Japan to the sites. The
Department had chalked programmes for three years from next year to promote tourism, he added.