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Thotlakonda under threat of concretisation, fear Vizagites | Visakhapatnam News

VISAKHAPATNAM: The recent government order (GO) Rt No 21 declaring the extent of Thotlakonda Buddhist site as 120 acres and not 3,143 acres as was earlier believed has raised concerns among citizens and heritage enthusiasts. The 2,000-year-old prominent Buddhist hilltop site along the Vizag-Bheemili Road is protected under the archaeology department.
The GO states the order is a bid to rectify a previous ‘omission/error’ in the notification in which the site boundaries were not clearly demarcated and that the extent of land at Thotlakonda was not mentioned in GO Rt No 627, dated May 2, 1978. The current order refers to two earlier GOs, one in 1976 and another in 1978, and a writ petition filed in the high court. The high court had…

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