ASI removes unauthorised houses near Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah
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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 22:06
New Delhi: Archaeological Survey of India removed 18 unauthorised houses near Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin with the help of police, paving the way for it to go ahead with the development of the mausoleum.

The ASI demolished these 18 unauthorised encroachments from the top of the Dargah of Nizamuddin Aulia and took the land into its control for the development of the structure and its surroundings.

Apprehending trouble, the police was informed to take preventive measures and accordingly, officials had cordoned off the area much before the commencement of the demolition drive.

A senior ASI official said since the affected families have been provided alternative accommodation, most of them vacated the premises on their own before the ASI squad began to demolish the structures.

The ASI's move comes just a fortnight after it took control of a 13-acre land near Humayun's Tomb from Delhi Bharat Scouts and Guides.

This land has been at the centre of a battle between the ASI and Delhi Bharat Scouts and Guides for 13 years.

The plot next to the centrally-protected monument in Nizamuddin in south Delhi was handed over to the ASI by the Urban Development Ministry in January. The plot will now be integrated with the monument complex ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

The ASI in partnership with the Agha Khan Trust proposes to develop a Mughal Charbagh around the monument and make it an extension of Humayun's Tomb.


First Published: Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 22:06

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