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UNESCO Heritage Site Ellora Caves will have hydraulic lift; country's first monument with such facility

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: Aug 01, 2022 3:00 PM

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Ellora Caves, a UNESCO heritage site located in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, will become the first monument in the country to have a hydraulic lift. A senior official of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) gave this information on July 31. Located about 30 km from the city of Aurangabad, Ellora is one of the largest rock-cut temple complexes in the world, with Hindu, Buddhist and Jain sculptures, and is one of the largest tourist destinations in the region.

Aurangabad circle superintendent archaeologist Milan Kumar said, "ASI is undertaking several projects to make Ellora caves spread over a distance of 500 meters more tourist-friendly. These projects are in the process of being approved."

Decision taken for convenience of tourists

He said that out of the 34 caves in the complex, cave number 16, popularly known as Kailash Cave, is a two-storey structure and tourists have to climb stairs or ramps to enjoy the view from the top. But have to go. He said the cave has stairs and ramps for smooth movement of wheelchairs, while the ASI has proposed to install small lifts on both sides of the structure.

There will be no construction activity for the lift

"There will be no construction activity to install these lifts. The mechanism will be small with an area of 9 square feet, in which a person in a wheelchair can easily go up to the first floor," the official said. He said that with this move Ellora would become the first World Heritage Site in the country under ASI to have lift facility. He said the higher authorities had given in-principle approval for the project earlier this month.

ASI working on many more schemes

Milan Kumar said that tourists will also be able to see the Kailash cave from above, which is a single monolithic structure surrounded by hills and for this a passage will be constructed on the upper hill. The official said that the ASI is planning to install lights for some paintings and carry out conservation work on some parts. The paperwork is underway to ascertain the cost of the project. ASI is making several minor improvements to make the Ellora Caves more accessible and tourist-friendly. Every day 2,000 to 3,000 people, including international travelers, visit here.

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