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MTDC to construct prototypes of Ajanata Caves by April 2013

The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has decided to replicate a few caves of famous Ajanta caves at a visitors’ centre. MTDC would construct identical prototypes of cave numbers 1, 2, 16 and 17 of Ajanta caves, which will be made from simulated stone face plaster. The prototypes are likely to be completed by April, 2013. MTDC is bringing two visitors' centers, one at the premises of Ajanta caves and another at Ellora caves. The approximate area of the Ajanta visitors' centre is 3.23 lakh square metres, while the floor area is about 20,000 square meters, of which 6,000 square meters is the exhibition space. Moreover, the visitors' centre will have three to four exhibition halls as well as mini-theatres which will show films on history and archaeology.
 
On the other hand, the Ellora visitors' centre will have an approximate floor area of 12,000 square meters, which will include an exhibition area of 2,000 square meters. The centre will also feature two mini-theatres with cycloramas. A parking area is also planned outside the centre for tourists to park their vehicles. Officials of MTDC say that the prototypes will help reduce the deterioration of the monument, because higher the number of visitors to the original caves, the greater will be the concentration of carbon dioxide inside the caves, which will affect the paintings. Hence, prototypes of these caves will provide visitors with an opportunity to view the interiors at length and also reduce deterioration.

source : internet