"This is the first time an organization is setting up a fund targeted at restoring heritage sites. There are other funds, including the Prime Minister's relief fund, but they are for general rescue of people and rehabilitation," INTACH member-secretary C T Misra said.

"After the Uttarakhand disaster, we realized it is important to have a fund that is targeted at restoring not just temples but antiquities and museums as well. There are around 930 heritage structures in Uttarakhand, and as of now we don't know how many of them have been washed out," Misra said.
So far, INTACH has contributed Rs 10 lakh in this fund and its staff members have raised Rs 85,000 in voluntary contributions. A team from INTACH will visit the sites and see assess the damage. Once they are back with the report, projects that need immediate restoration would be taken up.

Heavy rainfall and cloud burst in Uttarakhand in June led to floods and landslides that killed hundreds of people. Though the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has been entrusted with the restoration of the Kedarnath temple, INTACH aims to restore other heritage monuments and temples that do not come under the ASI.

(Agencies)

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