INTACH opens branch in Ladakh to preserve culture

Written by Press Trust of India | Leh | Updated: Jul 31 2010, 04:23am hrs
The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural heritage (INTACH) on Thursday set up its branch in Ladakh with an objective to preserve the culture of the region.

The new branch, Ladakh Chapter of INTACH, will work for restoration of cultural heritage of Ladakh and conduct various training programmes for the local communities regarding preservation and maintenance of cultural values, tourism and culture minister Nawang Rigzin Jora said at the inauguration ceremony at Leh, 434 kms from here.

Jora said the Ladakh Chapter will be funded by the Fort Foundation for initial three years. He said the prestigious project will play a significant role in the region's future.

Ladakh is known as cultural destination, therefore preservation of cultural resources and heritage values of the region are closely associated with the promotion of tourism in Ladakh. If we are able to conserve and maintain these values, tourism will further flourish in this region, he said while assuring to provide funds for heritage restoration projects in near future.

Jora said the Jammu and Kashmir government has come up with a Conservation Bill under which a conservation authority would be set up.

He said he had already taken up a heritage development project worth Rs 50 crore with the chief minister and said Ladakh will get its due share.

Appreciating the initiatives of INTACH and Fort Foundation, he said, it is our responsibility to work jointly to ensure that all the resources of cultural and heritage are well preserved for our prosperity and identity.