Thursday, Oct 02, 2014

Home to monuments, Mehrauli park set for facelift

The Mehrauli Archaeological Park also has several unlisted monuments from the Rajput and Mamluk dynasties. (Express Archives) The Mehrauli Archaeological Park also has several unlisted monuments from the Rajput and Mamluk dynasties. (Express Archives)
Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: July 1, 2014 4:25 am

Delhi State Archaeology Department and the Delhi circle of Archeological Survey of India (ASI) have charted out a plan to develop the Mehrauli Archaeological Park near Qutub Minar.

The park has over 21 listed monuments, including ruins from the first city of Delhi built by the Rajput rulers.

The 199-acre park — which has over 21 listed monuments, including ruins of the city built by Rajput rulers — is flanked by Mehrauli village on one side and Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road on the other. According to officials, the park would undergo a “development and beautification” process, with the nearby Andheria More and Mehrauli bus terminals being also restored.

The park, located right behind the Qutub Minar — a World Heritage Site.

Officials said the idea is to develop the park to attract tourists who visit Qutub Minar.

“ASI is protecting monuments in the park. If all agencies, including the DDA — which owns the land — and the State Archaeology department, come together, it will be better for heritage structures,” ASI (Delhi), Superintendent Archaeologist, Vasant Kumar, told Newsline.

Apart from the 21 monuments listed under ASI and State Archeology Department, several other non-listed monuments from the Rajput, Mamluk and other dynasties dot the park.

The six monuments belonging to the ASI include Rajon-ki-Baoli, Jamali-Kamali tomb and mosque and Balban’s Tomb.

State Archeology Department on Monday said survey and documentation work has been completed in 11 of its 15 monuments in the park. While preliminary notification for nine monuments has been issued, four of them have been declared ‘protected’ under the provisions of DAHMASAR Act, 2004.

Officials of the State Archeology department said of the 15 monuments, eight have been encroached upon and prayers are being offered in three of them, which are mosques under the patronage of Delhi Waqf Board.

Officials said security arrangements have also been made by the DDA and the Delhi Police to prevent further encroachment and damage.

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