“The monument is one of its kind. The restoration work started in May last year. DDA has so far undertaken five such projects with Aga Khan Trust for Culture and we are planning similar projects for the conservation and restoration of the area.
– Balvinder Kumar, DDA vice-chairman.
NEW DELHI: After a year-long restoration work, the16th century Lodhi monument – Barah Khamba Tomb in the Nizamuddin heritage area was opened to tourists on Saturday. Aga Khan Trust for Culture, in partnership with Archaeological Survey of India, carried out the restoration work. DDA’s Delhi Urban Heritage Foundation co-funded the project.
The tomb has 12 pillars and three arched openings on each face. The passage, laid around the central chamber, has four domed apartments at each corner. The structure is located in a park on Lodhi Road, near Humayun’s Tomb, a World Heritage Site.
“This is a rare Lodhi era monument and the only one with five domes. We have fixed the damaged boundary and installed have made proper entry and exit gates. The restoration almost took a year.
The monument has been coated with four layers of material similar to what was originally used. The idea was to restore its original give it back its real and ancient look.”
– Ratish Nanda, Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) Project Director.
In 2014, the Delhi Urban Heritage Foundation awarded a grant of Rs 80 lakh to AKTC to undertake the conservation of the monument. Nearly 50 similar projects in the Nizamuddin heritage area have been taken up for restoration by the trust which will be co-funded by the DDA.
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