Udaipur : In a major step to conserve the geological marvels in Rajasthan, the Geological Survey of India has accepted two major sites one at Ramgarh Meteorite Impact Crater (Bara) and Zawar (Udaipur) as Geo heritage sites. “ Though the official announcement may take some time, but these have been consented to be included in the Geo-heritage list” A. Thiruvengadam, the Additional Director General of the GSI announced here on Saturday. He was addressing a gathering at a seminar on the development and management of NGMs and Geo heritage Sites in Rajasthan. The event was hosted by Udaipur Chapter of INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) and the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Sukhadia University. “ A proposal also will be sent by the GSI to a Canadian agency for inclusion of Ramgarh Meteorite among the listed global meteorites sites in the world. Presently there are 192 recognized meteorites sites globally” S.K Verma, regional convener of the INTACH- Udaipur chapter said.
“ Ramgadh, though discovered 147 years ago is hardly known by the public as the tourist spot despite having immense potential do not find any mention in the brochures and booklets of the state tourism department. It is one among the four impact craters in India” said retired professor P.S Ranawat. A curious ring like structure, the meteorite is situated in a settlement in Bara district, some 110 kms from Kota city. Interestingly, habitations have thrived for years at this heritage site and there is a 10th century Shiv temple situated in the center of the crater which attracts large number of devotees on religiously significant days. The second site at Zawar is the oldest known Zinc-lead deposits in the world. At Zawar metallic zinc was produced by distillation process for the first time in the world some 2500 years ago. “ The American Society of Metals (ASM International) had in 1988, recognized the site preserving zinc retort distillation furnaces as an ‘International Historic Landmark’ but unfortunately neither the GSI nor the state government took any steps to protect it which rendered it as a forgotten place” Ranawat informed.