Delhi government inks deal to preserve city monumentsOctober 29th, 2008 - 10:01 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 29 (IANS) The Delhi government Wednesday signed a deal with INTACH, a non-profit organisation, for the protection and conservation of 92 monuments in the national capital.The department of archaeology has prepared a list of 250 monuments to be protected in a phased manner depending on resources and infrastructure.
Keshav Chandra, director in the department of archeology, and A.G.K. Menon, convener of INTACH, Delhi chapter, signed the deal.
“These 92 monuments, which have been selected in the first phase, include those that fall on the route of Commonwealth Games 2010,” Chandra said.
He also added that during the games a large number of domestic as well as foreign visitors are expected in the capital so monuments have to be spruced up to attract tourists.
“This deal has come after a lot of planning and should not be seen in the wake of coming elections. It is for future preservation (of the monuments),” Menon told IANS.
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has prepared a list of 1,317 monuments that are located in Delhi. At present, 175 monuments have been declared as of being national importance and are protected by the ASI.