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Electronic eye to keep Red Fort safe

In view of the sprawling area and large footfalls at the World Heritage Site of Red Fort, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) plans to install an Emergency Response System (ERS). Nivedita Khandekar reports.

delhi Updated: Mar 20, 2011 00:16 IST
Nivedita Khandekar

In view of the sprawling area and large footfalls at the World Heritage Site of Red Fort, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) plans to install an Emergency Response System (ERS).

Built in 1639 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the insides of the red sandstone citadel include several monuments like Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khas, Zinat Mahal, Naubat Khana, Rang Mahal, Khwabgah apart from several baags (gardens).

With a large area to look after-the rampart wall has a perimeter of more than 2km and the rectangular fort is spread over 1km east-west and 2km north-south-site management in the absence of sufficient number of attendants and security guards poses severe problems. The centrally protected monument gets approximately 6,000 to 7,000 visitors daily.

This will be the first such system to be installed in a heritage site. ERS will comprise CCTV cameras and other digital paraphernalia that'll help authorities in managing the crowd and the site better. "One of the features is that the call location of an alert will flash on the system map and immediate response at the exact location would be possible," said an ASI official.

The ASI has allotted tender for the same last week and work will start as soon the formalities are over, the official said. As per Unesco guidelines, work is already under the comprehensive conservation and management plan.

"We will try out the ERS at the Red Fort first and depending on the result, may replicate it at the other two World Heritage Sites in the city," said BR Mani, spokesperson, ASI.

None of the officials that HT spoke with could specify the exact cost of the system.

Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar are the other two World Heritage Sites in Delhi that too see large footfalls all through the year.