The Delhi Cabinet on Monday gave the go-ahead for executing its agreement between the Department of Archaeology and the Indian National Trust for Cultural Heritage (INTACH) for conservation and refurbishment of 16 monuments in the city.
INTACH, a conservation NGO, had already carried out refurbishment of monuments under the Delhi government in 2008 when the first memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed.
“In view of the impressive outcome of the earlier MoU, it has been decided to further utilise its services for survey, protection and conservation of 16 other monuments,” chief minister Sheila Dikshit said.
As mandated under the Delhi Ancient and Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, the government had outsourced its ambitious project of survey, documentation, protection, conservation and refurbishment of ancient monuments of local importance to INTACH through the first MoU in October 2008 for three years.
In the first phase of its work, field surveys, photo documentation, brief descriptions and site plans of 95 documents showing topographic features were completed.
Based on this, the department is processing the notification for protection of various monuments.
During the second phase, 17 monuments were selected for carrying out chemical cleaning and preservation, scientific conservation, landscaping the surrounding, developing cultural notice board and signage and illuminating the monuments.
Sites to be refurbished
Mosque, Baoli & Water Channel DDA Park, Vasant Vihar
Baoli, Dwarka, Sector 12
Gateways of Badarpur Sarai, Badarpur
Tomb, Sadhna Enclave
Baradari, Sadhna Enclave
Tomb, Archaeological Park, Mehrauli
Tomb near Mehrauli bus terminal
Imambara, Qutub Road
Tomb, Qutub Road
Northern Guard House, Northern Ridge
Southern Guard House, Northern Ridge
Chaumchi Khan’s Tomb, Mehrauli
Tomb, Katwaria Sarai
Tomb, DDA Park, Greater Kailash II
Tomb, Gautam Nagar