History & Culture

Hyd tombs restoration looks for budgetary allocation

HYDERABAD

In the fine print of the Budget-2016 is the line about Qutb Shahi Tombs near Golconda fort: “The State Government of Telangana has got prepared a DPR and submitted the same to ASI requesting them to undertake the project as the nodal agency. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has agreed to implement the said project as ‘Deposit Work’ for the State Government.”

Currently, the Aga Khan Trust is carrying out the restoration and conservation work on the Qutb Shahi Tombs complex in collaboration with the Telangana government aided by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and other corporate donors. While the line about the tombs shows the status of implementation about last year’s budgetary commitments, most of the work has been carried out by other agencies.

“Without making a budgetary allocation I don’t think the Central Government is playing any role in restoration or upkeep of the Qutb Shahi Tombs complex,” says a heritage activist from Hyderabad.

“Funding from GOI is specifically requested for building of a Site Interpretation Centre, landscaping and illumination. In keeping with the MOU we signed in 2013, AKTC will provide technical assistance, supervision, administration costs for all these works at our own costs. In addition, conservation works on all 75 monuments in the complex will continue to be carried out with AKTC funding. Just as the conservation works are carried out by AKTC by employing master craftsmen, it is planned that the landscape restoration will be similarly implemented,” said Ratish Nanda, CEO of Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

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