Under Hon’ble Minister announcements the following schemes were announced in the Legislative Assembly on 15.07.2019

S. No Scheme Details Recurring Non-Recurring Total
1 Conducting systematic archaeological exploration and excavations  - Recurring Fund   In all  periodical zones [Palaeolithic sites / Megalithic Sites / Neolithic Sites / Early Historic Sites / Northern Zone / Southern Zone / Marine  Archaeological investigations by using latest remote sensing methods [GPR, Magnetometer survey , etc] 200.00 --- 200.00
2 Conduct of Annual International seminar  on the title “Early Tamil Culture and Heritage” in memory of Padmasri Iravatham Mahadevan contribution for Tamil Culture and Heritage. 30.00 --- 30.00
3 Launching Manuscript Mission in Tamil Nadu. Setting of Manuscript Resource Centre in Government Oriental Manuscripts Library and Research Centre to identify, collect and to preserve the manuscripts available in Tamil Nadu and also digitalizing the manuscripts and making a unique database with metadata and making it online in a span of five years. 50.00 10.00 60.00
4 Traditional cultural activities in the premises of the protected monuments  Organizing traditional cultural programmes in the festival seasons like Pongal, Chithirai Azhagar Festival, Aippasi Sadayam in the premises of the important protected monuments  like Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, Thanjavur Palace and Danish Fort 10.00 ---- 10.00
5 Installation of CCTV in Site Museums and Sub-offices for its protection Installation of latest CCTV IP cameras with accessories in the premises of 14 site museums and sub offices and procurement of server and a display in order to monitor the activities from the headquarters of this Department --- 32.00 32.00
TOTAL 290.00 42.00 332.00


The infrastructure Development Investment Program for Tourism in Tamil Nadu [IDIPT-TN], a sub-project of the Asian Development Bank [ADB] provides funds for the conservation and restoration works of important historical monuments. The Asian Development Bank has approved Rs. 24 crores under sub project Tranche-IV, for the Restoration and Conservation of 12 Protected Monuments of Department of Archaeology. The proposed works are planned to be completed before June 2020.

  Heritage Restoration and Conservation of important  Monuments (Renovation, infra-structure facilities etc).  
  1   Lot I (5 Works)    Hill Fort, Thayagadurgam Village, Villupuram District Poondi Arugar Temple, Irumpedu Village, Tiruvannamalai District Gangaikondacholeeswarar Temple, Koolampandal Village, Tiruvannamalai District Thadapapureeswarar Temple, Madam Village, Tiruvannamalai District Chinnaiyankulam, Chinnaiyampettai Village, Tiruvannamalai District 6.51 
  2   Lot II (1 Work)  Alambarai Fort, Alambarai Village, Kancheepuram District 7.68 
  3   Lot III (6 works)   Udayagiri Fort, Puliyurkurichi Village, Kanniyakumari District Tirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, Madurai District Marudhupandiyar Fort, Aranmanai Siruvayal Village, Sivagangai District Manora Fort, Sarabendrarajapattinam Village, Thanjavur District  Dutch Tomb, Nagapattinam District  Kattabomman Fort, Panchalankurichi Village, Tuticorin District 9.81
  TOTAL 24.00


Hon’ble Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has sanctioned a sum of Rs. 10 lakhs under Discretionary Fund from the year 2011-2012 for the maintenance of Monuments, to upkeep and improve the Archaeological Site Museums and to carry out educational activities, for conducting the events like seminars, lectures, archaeological function of the department. In this regard, a sum of Rs. 10 lakhs have been sanctioned every year.


  During the year 2018-2019, special fund of Rs. 1 crore was announced for the conservation and maintenance for “Protected Monuments” of the Department of Archaeology. In 2018-2019, 24 protected monuments were identified for undertaking conservation and maintenance works like erection of fencing, notice and direction boards and chemical cleaning, which were successfully completed. For the year 2019-2020 the conservation and maintenance works are to be executed.