Bylaws almost ready for 35 of Delhi’s monuments
New Delhi: The National Monuments Authority (NMA) has divided 915 national structures, including 162 ASI ones in Delhi, into eight categories. The project is expected to help NMA in framing common heritage bylaws.
In Delhi, bylaws for about 35 monuments are in the final stages, including Sher Shah Gate, Khairul Manzil and Nizamuddin monuments. “The categorisation of 915 monuments from Delhi, Bhopal, Chandigarh and Vadodra has been completed and a proposal sent to the culture ministry for notification. Under Phase-II, categorisation in Agra and Lucknow is under final stages too,’’ said an NMA official.
“The draft has been prepared in accordance with the regulations of the ASI Act. It will eventually be sent to the culture ministry for notification,” said an official. The categories are expected to help in urban development projects for which clearances will be required for monument-controlled areas.
The division was mostly done within NMA, though, comments and suggestions were invited from experts in the field of architecture, conservation, urban planning, etc. Once the categories are notified, monuments will get an official tag. “It will also help in their protection and increasing tourist footfall. Structures that face threats of urbanisation and encroachment have been listed separately,” said an official.
While Delhi has three world heritage sites — Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb and Red Fort — the first category of protected monuments and archaeological sites inscribed on Unesco’s world heritage list includes Arab Ki Sarai, Nila Gumbad, Iron Pillar and Afsar-wala Tomb. Category-II has 10 monuments, including Delhi Gate, Ajmeri Gate, Mutiny Memorial, and Tomb of Sultan Razia, which are on a tentative Unesco heritage list.
The third category has 10 buildings in New Delhi while the fourth consists of ticketed monuments. Category-V only mentions Najaf Khan’s Tomb with an adequate flow of visitors identified for charging fee. The sixth category consists of living monuments, which receive a large number of visitors and pilgrims.
The seventh has monuments in urban/semiurban limits and remote villages, which is further classified into three sub-categories on the basis of urban pressure. While sub-category A has 18 monuments, sub-category B has some facing urban pressure, but possessing significant greenery. The final and Category-VIII includes archaeological parks.
Sher Shah Gate is among the monuments that come under the bylaws in Delhi