Purana Qila to get facelift

A modern gallery at the fort will showcase over 2 lakh artefacts and potteries collected from the ancient sites of Harappa, Mohenjo-daro, Taxila, Chanhu-daro and the Central Asia.

Centuries-old Purana Qila in Delhi will soon be standing tall to boast of its past glory, with the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) reaching closer to completion of conservation, restoration, upgradation and development work being undertaken to preserve and protect the monument.

While work is on to illuminate the magnificent mosque and other structures at the historic old fort, the ASI has turned the Central Antiquity Collection Section (CACS) at this site into a modern gallery.

The gallery will showcase over 2 lakh artefacts and potteries collected from the ancient sites of Harappa, Mohenjo-daro, Taxila, Chanhu-daro and the Central Asia.

It will also exhibit artefacts collected from different parts of India, including those from Kalibangan, Hastinapur, Arikamedu and Tamluk.

The CACS, which has been turned into a modern gallery, is spread in the cells along the periphery of the fortification.

"The gallery will be opened for public soon," an official said.

Along with conservation and restoration, the ASI has been conducting excavation work at Purana Qila to find traces of the mythical city of Indraprastha—the capital of Pandavas in the epic Mahabharata.

It, however, is yet to achieve any significant breakthrough.

"The work of conservation of excavated remains is in progress to protect it from direct environmental effects," the official said.

"The work of construction of toilet complex, public drinking water facilities, fixing red sandstone dustbins, developing parking facility, installation of publication counter is also in progress on a war footing," the official added.

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