The Ministry of Culture recently announced six new circles of the
Archaeological Survey of India on Social Media. The Ministry has also announced the expansion of Hampi and Delhi circles.
The announcement of the new circles by Ministry of Culture came in line with the Prime Minister’s call to facilitate and strengthen the process of preservation and registration of archaeological monuments along with registration of artefacts with self-declaration.
Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of Tourism & Culture (I/C), shared that new circles had been created in Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal and Gujarat, and include Trichy, Raiganj, Rajkot, Jabalpur, Jhansi and Meerut.
There were 29 ASI circles across the country earlier. Patel added, “In archaeology, Hampi in Karnataka is a place of international repute, hence, Hampi mini circle has been converted into a full-fledged circle.” He also shared that Jabalpur was now a new circle along with Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. This will include the monuments from Jabalpur, Rewa, Shahdol and Sagar divisions. Even Delhi has been made a bigger circle now.
Jhansi in Bundelkhand and Meerut in western Uttar Pradesh have been announced as two new circles along with Lucknow and Agra in Uttar Pradesh. Patel said that in a large state like Tamil Nadu, which has thousands of temples and glorious memories of the Chola kings, Trichy has been made a new circle along with the circle of Chennai. In West Bengal, Raiganj has been made a new circle along with Kolkata. This will eliminate geographical inconvenience in a big state like Bengal. In Gujarat, Rajkot has been announced as a new circle along with Vadodara.”