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South Delhi’s Anang Tal site to be Centrally protected

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Recently, the Anang Tal Lake in South Delhi has been declared a monument of national importance through a gazette notification by the Ministry of Culture. The Anang Tal lake in South Delhi is believed to have been built a thousand years ago. As per the website of the National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities, Tradition ascribes this tank to a Tomar King, Anang Pal II, the builder of Lal Kot.

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The Archaeological Survey of India gave a two-month notice for its intention to declare the site to be of national importance under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958. According to the notification, the total area of the site was 10.599 acres which was primarily owned by the Delhi government. Located near the Qutub Minar complex and Sanjay Van, the protected area would be 42,894 square metres.

Anang Tal Lake: History 

  • It dates back to 1,060 AD.
  • The total area of the site was 10.599 acre.
  • The city was known earlier as DhillikaPuri, as stone inscriptions excavated by Lord Cunningham have revealed.

What is the location?

  • Anang Tal is situated to the north of Jog Maya temple and approximately 500 metres to the northwest of Qutub Complex.

Tomar King 

  • It was built by the 11th Century Tomar king Anang Pal Tomar.

What is Monuments of National Importance?

The Monuments of National Importance are designated by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The union government of India is authorised to maintain, protect and promote the Monuments of National Importance. 

Once declared to be of national importance, the site would be protected by the ASI and incur restrictions on construction activity in its vicinity. It is said to have been a place of a general resort but now it is dried up and used for cultivation.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Archaeological Survey of India Director General: V. Vidyavathi;
  • Archaeological Survey of India Founder: Alexander Cunningham;
  • Archaeological Survey of India Founded: 1861;
  • Archaeological Survey of India Headquarters: 24 Tilak Marg, New Delhi;
  • Archaeological Survey of India Parent organisation: Ministry of Culture.

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