The Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) is in the process of revamping the capital’s oldest Christian Cemetery – the Nicholson Cemetery. In its proposal to the Urban Development Ministry, the department has come up with a proposal to preserve the historically significant cemetery by creating pedestrian walkways and transit points to allow easy access to people.
According to a DUAC official, the proposal has stressed on how the space can “effectively be a part of the pedestrian system along with transit nodes to generate visitors”.
“Transit nodes around historical spaces always gives an opportunity to bring back its lost legacy,” he said.
The study has identified poor access to the cemetery as the main drawback of the historical attraction and has given a detailed plan for the creation of two entrances — from Kashmere Gate and Majnu ka Tila.
“Currently, the condition of the cemetery is such that the constant vehicular movement in the area has blocked the view of the main entrance. This limits pedestrian movement in the area since traffic is almost at the gates of the cemetery,” he said.
As such, the study has proposed to conserve the entrance gate and pave the access road. The design also proposes to develop additional pathways and avenue plantation. Since the area is surrounded by the ISBT, Kashmere Gate Metro station and the Qudsia Bagh in Civil Lines, it is an ideal access point.
Officials said the department has proposed transit nodes in terms of auto-rickshaw stands along the entrance to the cemetery, green spaces and public facilities. “Although this is a burial ground, it is an important heritage site of the colonial era. In other countries, such spaces are well preserved and it is a tourist attraction as well. Even for those who visit to pay respects to the dead, the area should have some green spaces and benches for them to rest,” an official said.