TN urges Centre to release funds to build museum at Keeladi

Keeladi, archaeological site, Sivagangai, artefacts, carbon dating, Indus Valley, Tamil Brahmi script, Brahmi script, Sangam, Chola, Pandya
Keeladi — an archaeological site in Tamil Nadu's Sivaganga district — has thrown up several 'princes' vying with each other to draw a picture of what Keeladi was 2,500 years ago based on a single carbon dating.

The Tamil Nadu government has urged the Centre to extend financial help for the establishment of a world-class museum at the Keeladi excavation site.

State minister for Tamil language and culture K Pandiarajan on Monday (September 23) conveyed the same to Union minister of state for culture and tourism Prahlad Singh while attending an international conference on Thirukkural in Delhi.

According to reports Pandiarajan has also urged the Centre to grant permission to carry out the next phase of excavation in the sites of Keeladi, Adichanallur, Kodumanal and Sivagalai as well as start excavation along the Thamirabarani river and on the Eastern Ghats.

Among others the state government also asked the centre to release funds for the establishment of Tamil development centres in 1,000 places and to allot ₹52 crore from the Tagore Culture Complex and Museum Grant schemes to upgrade the museum at Chennai.