SHERSHAH’S TOMB TO BE RESTORED

The District administration of Rohtas district of Bihar has stepped in to preserve the 16 century tomb of Sher Shah Suri. They have finally imposed restrictions on the discharge of polluted water and immersion of idols in the tank surrounding the tomb in district headquarters Sasaram.

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The District administration of Rohtas district of Bihar has stepped in to preserve the 16 century tomb of Sher Shah Suri. They have finally imposed restrictions on the discharge of polluted water and immersion of idols in the tank surrounding the tomb in district headquarters Sasaram. The tank around the five-storey tomb in Sasaram town is filled with acidic industrial discharge while illegally constructed buildings have come up all around it. Last November the Patna High Court expressed unhappiness that the monument has fallen into disrepair due to years of neglect and exposure to pollution, while some parts have also been encroached upon. Last year in the month of November the Patna High Court directed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the Rohtas district administration to take measures to preserve the monument. The court’s order came in response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a Sasaram resident, who claimed government’s apathy towards the monument. ASI last year warned the state government about the ecological threats to the tomb. It had also moved the Patna High Court to seek removal of illegal constructions around the tomb. Since 1977, illegal buildings, including temples, have been built within the premises.