Transfer ASI archaeologist back to Keezhadi

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The Madras High Court impressed on the Centre the need to show greater vigour and interest in proceeding with the excavations that had led to promising discovery of an ancient civilisation having thrived on the banks of river Vaigai at Keezhadi village in Sivaganga district.

About Vaigai River

  • The Vaigai is a river in the Tamil Nadu state of southern India that originates in Varusanadu Hills, the Periyar Plateau of the Western Ghats range, and flows northeast through the Kambam Valley, which lies between the Palni Hills to the north and the Varushanad Hills to the south.
  • The Vattaparai Falls are located on this river.
  • As it rounds the eastern corner of the Varushanad Hills, the river turns southeast, running through the region of Pandya Nadu.
  • Madurai, the largest city in the Pandya Nadu region and its ancient capital, lies on the Vaigai.
  • The Vaigai is 258 kilometres (160 mi) long, with a drainage basin 7,031 square kilometres (2,715 sq mi) large

Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) 

  • The ASI is the premier organization for the archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage of the
  • The prime objection of ASI is to maintain the archaeological sites, ancient monuments and remains of national
  • Headquarters: New
  • Established: 1861 by Alexander
  • It regulates all archaeological activities as per the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act,
  • It functions under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Culture.
  • It also regulates Antiquities and Art Treasure Act,

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