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ONGC to help conserve six UNESCO sites

Apr 01, 2013

ONGC's chairman, Sudhir Vasudeva, announced that his organisation will be taking up the conservation of six heritage sites as a part of its CSR.

At a recent conference in the southern city of Mangalore, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), a public sector enterprise, said it “is ready” to take up work to help preserve heritage monuments as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR). This was presented by Sudhir Vasudeva, Chairman and Managing Director of ONGC.

Vasudeva said that the company is in talks with the Department of Tourism and that six monuments have been identified. The six monuments chosen would be the the Taj Mahalat Agra, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai, Ajanta Ellora (Maharashtra), Sun Temple, Konark, Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, Gujarat, and Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Bodh Gaya, Bihar.

All the monuments are United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) heritage sites. “Maintenance, let it be by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), rest we can do,” he said.

He said the work includes building roads and toilets around heritage monuments. He also made a call to NGOs to come and aid the organisation in doing this work.

Vasudeva made it explicitly clear that none of the funds would be used to work on religious places and that Bodh Gaya was an exception, due to its immense historical value.

In Mangalore, the company has taken up construction of Lady Goschen Hospital, a maternity hospital set up in 1848, with Rs. 21 crore.

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