India’s Vice President Hamid Ansari visits AKTC Restoration Project of Quli Qutb Shahi Tombs Complex in Hydrabad

Hyderabad: Vice President Hamid Ansari along with Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor E S L Narasimhan visited the historic Quli Qutb Shahi Tombs complex here on Sunday (March 6th).

During the one hour spent at the necropolis site, Vice President Ansari appreciated the ongoing restoration works  by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC).

Mr. Ratish Nanda, CEO, AKTC appraising the Vice President of India Mr. Hamid Ansari along with Governor Sri E.S.L. Narasimhan and other senior government officials on their visit to Qutb Shahi Tombs (Image via Siasat Daily)
Mr. Ratish Nanda, CEO, AKTC appraising the Vice President of India Mr. Hamid Ansari along with Governor Sri E.S.L. Narasimhan and other senior government officials on their visit to Qutb Shahi Tombs (Image via Siasat Daily)

Ansari asked the Telangana government and Aga Khan Foundation to explore the possibility of attracting tourists to this spot as these structures do not find required recognition on tourism map, an official release said.

The project for restoration of the over 400-year-old tombs complex started in 2013 after the AKTC signed a memorandum of understanding with Telangana state department of archaeology and museums.

AKTC Project Director Ratish Nanda said there are 75 structures, including 23 mosques spread out over 108 acres.

These monuments are popularly known as seven tombs and are built in Iranian architecture style. The restoration works taken up by AKTC at a cost of Rs 100 crore would be completed in a span of 10 years, he added.

Mr. Ratish Nanda, CEO, AKTC leads the Vice President of India Mr. Hamid Ansari along with Governor Sri E.S.L. Narasimhan and other senior government officials on a site tour of the Qutb Shahi Tombs (Image via Siasat Daily)
Mr. Ratish Nanda, CEO, AKTC leads the Vice President of India Mr. Hamid Ansari along with Governor Sri E.S.L. Narasimhan and other senior government officials on a site tour of the Qutb Shahi Tombs (Image via Siasat Daily)

Also present were Sri Md.Mahamood Ali, Hon’ble Deputy CM, Sri B. Venkatesham, Secretary Tourism, Sri Mahesh Baghat, IG Security Wing, Mrs. Visalatchy, Director Archaeology, Sri A. Venkateshwar Rao, DCP, West Zone, Aga Khan Foundation, Chairman Dr. Abad Ahmad and other senior officials.

Mr. Ratish Nanda, CEO, AKTC appraising explains architecture and significance of the area to the Vice President of India Mr. Hamid Ansari along with Governor Sri E.S.L. Narasimhan and other senior government officials on their visit to Qutb Shahi Tombs (Image via Siasat Daily)
Mr. Ratish Nanda, CEO, AKTC appraising explains architecture and significance of the area to the Vice President of India Mr. Hamid Ansari along with Governor Sri E.S.L. Narasimhan and other senior government officials on their visit to Qutb Shahi Tombs (Image via Siasat Daily)

Source:

AKTC & Qutub Shahi Tombs Complex Initiative

From Ismailimail Archives: Qutb Shahi Complex (Image credit: AKTC/India)
From Ismailimail Archives: Qutb Shahi Complex (Image credit: AKTC/India)

Hyderabad, 10/01/13– A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a ten-year, integrated conservation and landscape restoration project at the Quli Qutb Shah Tomb complex in Hyderabad was signed by AKTC.

The Quli Qutb Shah Archaeological Park, which includes the Qutb Shahi Tombs Complex and Deccan Park, is one of the most significant historic medieval necropolises in India

The complex encompasses 70 structures within its complex, encompassing 40 mausoleums, 23 mosques, five step-wells/water structures, a hamam (mortuary bath), pavilions, garden structures and enclosure walls built during the reign of the Qutb Shahi Dynasty that ruled the Hyderabad region for 170 years in the 16th – 17th centuries.

The signing of the MoU has been preceded by a year-long documentation programme, where each of the 70 structures within the tomb complex – Deccan Park area have been documented and their conservation needs established. Topographical surveys of the entire 106 acre site have also been undertaken and a landscape master plan prepared

The Qutb Shahi Tombs Complex, presently nominated to the World Heritage List, is proposed to be developed as an urban Archaeological Park, to showcase and ensure long-term preservation, and to enhance understanding of the 70 monuments that stand within its boundaries.

The conservation works will be undertaken by master craftsmen using traditional tools, building techniques and traditional materials respecting the intention of the original builders. As with the ten year Delhi project which commenced in 2007, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) agencies will be undertaking the proposed conservation and landscaping works with their own financial resources or those raised from partner agencies such as the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and other corporate donors

Discover, Explore and Learn more at AKDN | Revitalisation to Begin on Quli Qutb Shah Archaeological Park in Hyderabad, India

Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali

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