Haryana CM Khattar urges ASI to expedite excavations in Rakhigarhi village
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday instructed Archaeological Survey of India officials to speed up excavation work in the Rakhigarhi Protected Area, a site of the Harappan civilization.
During a meeting with officials regarding the development of the area as an archaeological site here, Khattar also asked them to prepare a master plan for the site’s 11 mounds.
Fighting to ensure Rakhigarhi’s safety, the chief minister said all artefacts found during the excavations are the property of the country and therefore it is important to preserve them.
Khattar also asked officials to prepare a list of artifacts found at the excavation site and also record ancient artifacts owned by villagers.
To rehabilitate those displaced due to the excavations, the Chief Minister instructed officials to develop a long-term rehabilitation policy, which would also take into account their livelihoods.
He asked the panchayat and animal husbandry departments to jointly prepare the plan so that the animals too will be housed. According to Khattar, the panchayat land will be leased to the livestock department, where he will build sheds to house the animals.
Moreover, it has launched to strengthen the road network from Hansi, Jind and Barwala to Rakhigarhi.
Meanwhile, the chief minister said his government has prepared a “stay-at-home policy”, under which villagers will be encouraged to rent one or two rooms in their homes for tourists.
He said this policy will not only promote tourism in the state and create a chance for foreigners to experience the culture of Haryana up close but also generate employment opportunities for the locals.
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