Learn about the Archaeological Survey of India’s request for an extension in the Gyanvapi mosque survey in Varanasi, with a focus on the survey’s significance and timeline.
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has applied to extend the timeline for its ongoing survey at the Gyanvapi mosque complex in Varanasi. This request comes as the initial deadline approaches.
Deadline Extension Sought
The ASI has appealed for an additional eight weeks to complete the survey, which was initially scheduled to conclude on September 2. The matter is set for a hearing on September 8.
Crucial and Deliberate Survey
The survey at the Gyanvapi mosque is of significant importance, involving a thorough and careful examination. This diligence is the basis for the ASI’s request for an extended timeframe.
Survey Launch and Temporary Halt
The ASI commenced its survey with a team of 61 archaeologists in early August, encompassing measurements, photography, and videography of the mosque structure. However, the Supreme Court temporarily halted the scientific survey on July 24, granting a brief pause to the mosque committee. The Supreme Court also temporarily suspended the district court’s order until July 26.
Background of the Court Orders
The Supreme Court’s intervention stemmed from a petition filed by the mosque management committee, challenging the district court’s directive for the ASI survey. Subsequently, the Allahabad High Court dismissed the petition, upholding the district court’s decision, leading to the resumption of the survey on August 4.