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
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
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
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.