ASI-Trichy will renovate the World War Memorial near Valady | News Trichy

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TRICHY: Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) The circle of Trichy on Sunday launched restoration work to rehabilitate a century-old memorial built to commemorate the role of Indian soldiers in the victory of the Allied forces in the First World War.
The memorial called Pachampettai Valaivu (Arch of Pachampettai) is located on the Lalgudi-Trichy road near Valady in the suburbs of the city of Trichy. The structure was established and opened in August 1922.
At an expense of Rs 6.73 laks, ASI will renovate the memorial without altering its architectural heritage. Work is expected to be completed by June 2022.
Dr Arun Raj T, Director of the Ministry of Culture, said the Pachampettai Valaivu restoration project is the first among the redevelopment of unprotected monuments in the region since the commissioning of the ASI Trichy circle here in October 2020. The renovation efforts were undertaken based on the representation of MP Rajya Sabha Tiruchi Siva who had requested the union government to protect the dilapidated century-old structure without proper maintenance.
“We will put up information boards outlining the history of the structure. Residents will be made aware of the safety of the monument and keeping it safe from damage,” Arun Raj said. The encroachment obstructing the view of the arch must be removed. Plastering and reinforcement measures are to be carried out to restore the memorial.
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