Non-heritage structures in Red Fort to be razed

Non-heritage structures in Red Fort to be razed

The Archaeological Survey of India has started the second phase of the project to completely raze the remaining ‘modern’ structures built by the Indian Army inside Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The project is the part of a comprehensive conservation management plan.
“We have started the second phase as per the guidelines issued in the comprehensive conservation management plan. We are trying to give tourists a new impact so that they can observe the historic environment of the Red Fort,” said superintending archaeologist, Delhi circle, Vasant Swarnkar.

Under phase-II, the ASI is emphasising on razing smaller structures like sheds and pillars. Also, toilets that were built when the military camped on the premises of the fort will be razed.

“We have started demolition of such structures. These structures have no historical value. The second phase is likely to be completed in six months,” Swarnkar added.
Sources said with monsoon approaching before scheduled time, completion of the project in the second phase can be hampered. “Demolition of the structures and preserving the heritage of the historical monument at the same time is a critical task. It requires patience and persistent efforts,” an official said.

According to reports, phase-II is focused towards the north side of the fort, while phase-I concentrated on the south side of the premises.

The original plan has three phases and work on phase-I was completed earlier this year.

Under the comprehensive conservation management plan, the ASI has zeroed in on bigger structures like two-storey cottages and large staff quarters.

There are a hundred such cottages that have been in ruins since the army moved out in 2003.

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