In news- Monuments at Nagarjunakonda, Budhhist remains at Salihundam and Veerabhadra Temple at Lepakshi are identified as ‘Adarsh Smarak’ in Andhra Pradesh for providing additional facilities.
About the scheme-
- The Adarsh Smarak scheme was launched in 2014 for providing improved visitor amenities, especially for the physically challenged.
- The scheme comes under the Ministry of Culture.
- A total of 100 Monuments protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) are being developed and maintained as Adarsh Monuments under the scheme.
- The civic amenities are being augmented at these sites.
- Objectives of the Scheme-
- To make the monument visitor friendly.
- To upgrade/provide washrooms, drinking water, signages, cafeteria, and wi-fi facility.
- To provide interpretation and audio-video centers.
- To streamline wastewater and garbage disposal and a rainwater harvesting system.
- To make the monument accessible to differently-abled people.
- To implement Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Conservation, Preservation and environmental development in and around Centrally Protected Monuments/Sites is taken up according to an annual conservation programme drawn on the basis of need and priority.