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Ellora Caves becomes first monument in India to get hydraulic lift

Published on July 31, 2022
Current Context: UNESCO World Heritage site in Maharashtra Ellora Caves becomes the first monument in India to have a hydraulic lift.
Ellora Caves becomes first monument in India to get hydraulic lift
  • Ellora Caves has located 30 Km from Aurangabad city and is one of the largest rock-cut temple complexes in the world.
  • Out of the 34 caves in the complex, cave number 16 known as Kailash Cave is a two-story structure where tourists have to climb a staircase or go up a ramp to enjoy the top view. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has proposed the installation of lifts on both sides of the structure.
  • This will consist of a small 9 square feet, in which a person in a wheelchair can easily go to the top.
  • ASI said they are planning to increase the number of ticket counters and set up a centralized counter for those tourists who want to hire guides at the Ellora Caves. They also plan to install lights for some paintings and to do conservation work on some parts.
  • ASI is also planning to construct three or four toilet blocks with sanitary pad disposal machines and electric vehicle service. There is also a plan to do landscaping with selfie points for tourists.
  • Static Knowledge:
    • UNESCO director-general - Audrey Azoulay
    • UNESCO headquarters - Paris, France
    • UNESCO was formed - on 16 November 1945


Q.1 Which UNESCO World Heritage site in India becomes the first monument to have a hydraulic lift?
a. Ajanta Caves
b. Ellora Caves
c. Elephant Caves
d. Khajuraho
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