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ASI to preserve century old, dilapidated World War 1 memorial arch at Tiruchi in TN

Chennai, Feb 21 (BPNS)

The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) is to take up the conservation of a century-old, dilapidated World War 1 memorial arch at Tiruchi in Tamil Nadu.

The commemorative arch, according to ASI officials was established at Keela Valadi, near Tiruchi, and was built during the colonial era. It was built in memory and recognizing the role of Indian soldiers who fought for the  victory of Allied forces in World War 1.

The arch is locally known as ‘Pachampettai Valaivu’ and is a gateway for villagers of Periyavar Seeli, Mayil Arangam, Pachampettai and Thirumanmedu villages to the Tiruchi- Lalgudi main road.

The commemorative arch is 5.75 meters tall and on the basis of the inscription on the arch, the structure was installed by Dewan Bahadur G. Krishnamachariyar and opened by Dewan Bahadur T. Desikacharayar who was the then president of the Trichinopoly District Board. The inscription mentions the arch on August 10, 1922.

The ASI, Tiruchi circle has taken up the conservation work at a cost of Rs 6.75 lakh and the plan is to complete the conservation by June end. The work, according to ASI Tiruchi circle director,T. Arun Raj has been taken up to highlight the lesser-known monuments under the category of the protected monument.

The conservation work, according to ASI Director will be undertaken without disturbing its existing heritage look. The damaged remains will be restored with special bricks in lime mortar.