Thursday, July 29, 2010

ASI with DDA Demolished Encroachment around Gol Gumbad

Weeks after conservation work on Lodi-period Gol Gumbad commenced, the state archaeology department along with Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Wednesday finally demolished all the encroachments in the vicinity of the monument. The structure is crucial for the government because of its proximity to Jawaharlal Nehru stadium the main venue for the Commonwealth Games 2010.

The conservation work at the monument is being undertaken by INTACH Delhi Chapter. On Wednesday afternoon, three unauthorized kiosks located a few feet from the Gumbad were removed by DDA. Police was also deployed process as locals protested. ‘‘We requested DDA to hand over the vacant land surrounding Gol Gumbad a long time ago and it took up to two months to settle the issue,’’ said an official from state archaeology department.