History & Culture

No funds for Qutub centre till August 2015

DELHI

The Qutub Minar interpretation centre project is unlikely to move forward anytime soon.

Sources in the tourism ministry said they had not yet received a proposal for funding the project. As Delhi Tourism is the nodal agency for it and has become eligible for tourism ministry funding only last week, any monetary submission will be considered only for the 2015-16 fiscal year, with the first instalment likely to be released in August 2015, reports Times of India.

A world heritage site, Qutub Minar is set to have an interpretation centre, but the project has been already delayed by two years. A site museum is planned in a British-era building which was converted to a PWD guesthouse. This was under control of Delhi government for several years before it was transferred to ASI at its request in 2010. The building originally functioned as a guesthouse for Lord Curzon. It is within the Qutub complex and easily accessible to visitors. But while the building’s renovation has been completed, converting it into a site museum is taking longer than anticipated. Intach has drawn up plans for the museum but they cannot be implemented until funds are made available.

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