Friday, 19 June 2015

Currency Building

Why in news?
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has expressed its concern over the proposed route of the much-awaited East-West Metro corridor — a metro station is proposed to be built very near the Currency Building, a 182-year-old protected monument.

182-year-old Currency Building, St. Andrews Church, Writers Buildings & Raj Bhavan fall close to the metro route.

What do the rules say?
  • The metro station will be built in the prohibited area of the Currency Building which requires sanction from the National Monuments Authority.
  • As per existing rules, construction and mining operations are prohibited within 100 metres of protected monuments.
Currency Building:
  • Italian style building was originally known as Agra Bank and Office of issue and Exchange of Government Currency later on.
  • Built in the year 1833 when the Lord William Bentinck was the Governor General 
  • Reserve Bank of India worked from here till 1937.
  • In 1998, it was declared a heritage building and a monument of national importance.
[Sources: Wikipedia, The Hindu]

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