Amenities at heritage buildings to be spruced up

While new public toilets will be constructed at four complexes that are expected to be the biggest tourist hot spots, the existing facilities at six other monuments will be upgraded, a top ASI official said.

The sites where new toilets will be constructed are the Qutub complex, the Humayun’s tomb, Red Fort and Purana Qila.

“The places that are likely to see the influx of tourists are our focus. Besides the four monuments, public toilets at six other places will also be upgraded.

“The construction and repair work is scheduled to start by the end of January and is expected to finish ahead of the Games,” Delhi Chief Superintendent Archaeologist K K Muhammad told.

“We are currently focusing on the restoration and conservation of the 46 monuments on our list and the work to upgrade the public facilities will be the final touch,” he added.

MoU

The ASI had earlier this month signed an MoU with the IATO for maintenance of public amenities at protected monuments which are expected to attract a large number of tourists during the Games.

The IATO will ensure that the toilet blocks are sanitised and cleaned regularly. An ASI appointed site superintendent will supervise the work at the monuments.

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