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September 23, 2019

Indian gov’t nods for signing MoU for Conservation of Earthquake-Damaged Pagodas at Bagan

A woman walks past a damaged pagoda after an earthquake in Bagan, Myanmar August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Indian government has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Myanmar for the conservation of earthquake-damaged pagodas at Bagan yesterday, according to New Kerala in India.
The MoU is expected to be signed during the visit of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to Myanmar during 6-7 September 2017, said the report.
Implementation of the project will further strengthen India’s enduring ties in culture and religion with Myanmar. It will also generate immense goodwill for India among the people of Myanmar due to the religious significance as well as the touristic significance of the project.
It will also contribute to India’s development partnership with Myanmar. Bagan is one of the premier tourist attractions of Myanmar. It will be an opportunity to showcase India’s expertise in the restoration and conservation of monuments not only to the people of Myanmar but also to the tourists from other countries.
On 24 August 2016 an earthquake in Bagan region destroyed various pagodas and religious buildings.
Bagan, once a significant city in Myanmar, had over 2,200 pagodas, stupas, monastaries and other structures left from the thousands built between the 11th and 13th century.
The earthquake which occurred at 5pm on 24 August last year measured 6.8 on the Richter Scale and ruined 389 pagodas in Bagan and 3,133 pagodas and stupas in the greater Bagan region.

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