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ASI target: Conserve 68 sites this year

Nivedita Khandekar, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 23, 2011
First Published: 02:01 IST(23/9/2011) | Last Updated: 02:05 IST(23/9/2011)

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has finally taken up conservation work at the tomb of Yusuf Qattal near Khirki village in Malviya Nagar.

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The monument, known for its jaali work, lies right next to the Khirki extension and had seen a lot of deterioration over the years. With the conservation work in progress, there is a hope for revival.

The tomb of Yusuf Qattal is one of the over two dozen monuments that has been listed for conservation and preservation by the ASI this year.

In fact, compared to the previous three years, the ASI has decided to carry out conservation and preservation of almost double the number of monuments across Delhi this time.

Delhi boasts of a whopping 174 monuments protected under the Archaeological Act. Of these centrally protected monuments, the ASI had spruced up 36, 38 and 38 monuments during 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 respectively.

In view of the Commonwealth Games 2010, scores of monuments located in the vicinity of the Games venues or on the main roads leading to these venues were given a facelift.

"Conservation work of the monuments is a continuous process, which is attended to regularly depending upon the availability of resources and need of repairs. (However), there are no delays in the restoration works of monuments and sites," said a senior official.

This year, the ASI has set an ambitious target of carrying out conservation work at 68 monuments. Many of these are comparatively smaller monuments and several of them are not even ticketed.

The estimated budget for the conservation work is Rs. 1,035 lakh. Work on several monuments has already started.

For instance, work has already started at the tomb of Yusuf Qattal. Similarly, work would soon start at Ghaziuddin Tomb and at the tomb of Balban, both located in south Delhi.


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