Patna: Observing that Bihar's rich socio-cultural heritage extends back to 6000 to 7000 years, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar urged the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to excavate historical remains from several places in the state that has remained unexplored.
Kumar, who visited Chechar and adjoining villages in Vaishali district to take a first-hand account of the rich heritage there from the time of Lord Buddha, said that he would like the ASI to explore historical remains of Bihar's history.
The archaeological remains have been found dating back to 6000 to 7000 years in places like Chirand in Saran district, Chechar in Vaishali and Pand in Samastipur district, he said adding that the ASI should excavate the remains in detail so that the unexplored pages of Bihar's history should come out in the public domain.
The Chief Minister said that the archaeological agencies of the state have excavated rich ancient heritage in Chechar village and adjoining areas where the mighty king Ashoka had built a stupa in the memory of one of Lord Buddha's disciple - Anand - and which the founder of the Buddhist religion had himself visited, but much more archaeological remains needed to be excavated.
A museum has been constructed in the village to house the archaeological remains, but it required work on large scale to dig out additional materials to showcase the rich history of the place, Kumar said and urged the ASI to undertake this.
The Chief Minister said that the state government has proposed to develop the places of historical importance as a tourist hub and the construction of a six-lane road between Hajipur-Patna will bring droves of tourists to these historical places in North Bihar districts.


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