‘Landslide Threat’ to Ajanta Caves revealed by a new study

Ajanta-CavesAjanta Caves, a world heritage site that attracts nearly 5 lakh tourists annually, situated in Aurangabad district, are under the threat of a landslide similar to the one which almost wiped out an entire village near Pune in Maharashtra recently, killing hundreds in the accident.

The report was sent down to the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) way back in 2011, reveals how the hills nesting the caves have become weak owing exposure to natural elements. Thirty spots have been reported in the caves, which have been rendered sensitive, having huge rocks resting insecurely. In the view of last week’s deadly landslide, the report could turn out to be major grounds for worry.

Medaram Jathara

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