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Red tape delays uplift of 15 heritage structures

A rubble stone masonry baoli (step well) in Dwarka sector 12 in west Delhi has been awaiting repairs since it was identified about two years ago by the state government.

delhi Updated: Apr 01, 2013 02:07 IST
Nivedita Khandekar

A rubble stone masonry baoli (step well) in Dwarka sector 12 in west Delhi has been awaiting repairs since it was identified about two years ago by the state government.

There is no reference to this baoli in the 1914 listing of Delhi’s heritage structures nor it has any particular name. The architectural style attributes it to the late Tughlaq or Lodhi period. In absence of no official recognition or work, it is a scene of total neglect.

But it is not sure when work for its conservation is taken up and completed.

This baoli is one of the 15 heritage structures and monuments identified by the Delhi government’s department of archaeology more than three years ago.

However, work for conservation and also for illumination of these structures has not started yet. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/4/01_04_13pg04new1.jpg

After the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with NGO Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) expired in 2011, the Delhi government had entered into yet another agreement as it intended to outsource the conservation work to the heritage body.

However, months after the agreement was signed, there is no sign of work.

Apart from the baoli at Dwarka, the other structures and monuments include jharna, an early 18th-century traditional water system that has a unique method of harnessing run off from the Hauz-i-Shamshi lake in Mehrauli (comprising reservoir, a waterfall and series of fountains).

And an unknown tomb and a tomb with enclosure wall in Mehrauli Archaeological Park, a baradari and a tomb in Sheikh Sarai and three gateways at Badarpur.

Sources said the cause for delay is “sheer red-tape. INTACH had sent estimates for the work. The archaeology department of the government was not happy with it.

It was sent back to be reworked and this caused the delay”.

“We had submitted a proposal to the tourism department for obtaining funding for this work. We would start the work as soon as the funds are released,” said Vishwa Mohan, director (archaeology) of the Delhi government.

“Work would start soon,” he said.