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    Published On : Fri, Jan 29th, 2021

    Zero Milestone has cracks, needs urgent maintenance: NMC to HC

    Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) Heritage Conservation Committee (HCC) has brought to fore shocking apathy of various authorities towards the Zero Mile monument. In an affidavit submitted to Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Wednesday through counsel Gemini Kasat, the HCC furnished photographs depicting the poor conditions of the historic milestone, including cracks on it.

    Even as the PIL on utter neglect of the Zero Mile monument is underway since over a year, no efforts have been made by respective organizations looking after it to improve its worsening conditions. This includes Mahametro, collectorate and PWD. As a result, the iconic monument, referred to as the centre of the country, is fast deteriorating with time.

    A division bench comprising justice Nitin Jamdar and Anil Kilor directed HCC to convene a meeting of all their members on January 29, and also asked collector Ravindra Thakare and PWD officials to attend it. The HCC was further told to submit an action plan for preserving the monument built by the British during the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India in 1907.

    The members led by architect Ashok Mokha and members Prof Ujjwala Chakradeo, Prof Neeta Lambe, and PS Patankar, inspected the site on January 21. In their observations, they noted that the stone structure is fast losing its importance and grandeur.

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