Delhi govt`s nod for conservation of little-known monuments

Nine little-known unprotected monuments in the national capital will get a new lease of life with the Delhi government giving a nod for their conservation and protection, thanks to the Commowealth Games.

Updated: Jun 02, 2010, 17:51 PM IST

New Delhi: Nine little-known unprotected
monuments in the national capital will get a new lease of life
with the Delhi government giving a nod for their conservation
and protection, thanks to the Commowealth Games.

The heritage structures, mostly tombs, have been
notified by the Delhi government for protection and
conservation after the proposal was approved by Lieutenant
Governor Tejendra Khanna.

"All these monuments were unprotected and are almost
forgotten. Now these will be taken up for conservation," a
senior official at the Delhi Archaeology Department said.

With this, 55 unprotected monuments across the capital
have been notified and will be taken up for conservation and
protection under an MoU the Delhi government has signed with
INTACH.

The MoU envisages conservation of 200 unprotected
monuments in the national capital. Out of the 200, 92 will be
notified and given a new lease of life by October in view of
the Commonwealth Games.

The nine monuments are Darashiko Library, Tomb of Paik
(opposite GTK bus terminal), Gol Gumband in Lodhi road,
Turkman gate in Asif Ali Marg, Sarai of Azim Ganj and two
tombs at the National Zoological Park.

Tomb of Syed Yatin and a mosque in ITI, Nizamuddin
will also be conserved.

"The work will start soon as the preliminary
notification is over and proper care will be given in
protecting and conserving these monuments as they are in bad
shape," he added.

The monuments, once given a new lease of life, may
also be tourist attractions during the 2010 Commonwealth
Games.

Delhi has around 1,200 heritage structures out of
which 175 are maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India
and 25 are being taken care of by the State Archaeology
Department.

PTI