Express press service
NEW DELHI: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has started illuminating protected heritage sites in Delhi. However, this time he focused on “small” and lesser-known monuments. On Tuesday, ASI completed the installation of the illuminant in four structures at Barakhamba Pavilion, Sakri Gumti Tomb, Chhoti Gumti and Dadi-Poti in Green Park area, south Delhi, near Hauz Khas.
Illumination of two other important monuments, Giyasuddin Tomb and Adilabad Fort in Tughlakabad, is also underway, ASI officials said. In 2018-2019, he adorned the World Heritage Sites of Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar – with state-of-the-art architectural lights.
Old and non-functional illuminations of other historic buildings including Purana Quila, Safdarjung’s Tomb and Tughalakabad have also been replaced. The development prompted ASI to keep these lighted sites open to visitors until late in the evening.
“Monuments that wore a deserted appearance after sunset will now be visible to the public. The lighting will also help us protect the monuments from thugs entering the premises in the dark. We received a warm welcome from the residents of these four structures. Previously, visitors were not allowed after late night. Any decision will be taken by the higher authority after deliberation,” the ASI official said.
Dadi-Poti ka Gumbad is sometimes called the Bibi-Baandi ka Gumbad. The sites including two unknown tombs would have been built in different periods. The structure with the smaller dome probably belongs to the Tughlaq period (1321-1414) and the larger building is from the Lodi era (1451-1526).
Barakhamba, considered a tomb, Sakri Gumti (small domed structure) and Chhoti Gumti (small domed structure), which also contains an unknown tomb, are also Lodi period buildings.