Delhi tourism department’s ambitious project faces uncertainty

 Tuesday, August 18, 2020 


With the Delhi government principally focusing on economic recovery and placing all projects under ‘abeyance’ due to the corona virus pandemic, uncertainty looms large over the tourism department’s ambitious project — setting up of signages at locations and landmarks, which are extinct or forgotten.

As part of corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative by Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC), information panels consisting of brief history, archival images and maps have already been placed at more than 30 locations, mainly in Shahjahanabad and its surrounding areas.

The corona virus outbreak has forced the authorities to suspend the plan for at least a year. Sanjay Goel, the managing director of DTTDC said, “It was a CSR initiative under which signages were being installed at Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) protected sites and places which are with the state archaeology department.”

“We have decided not to release money or the project this year. The funds will go to corona virus funds,” he added.

The project was launched in 2019 and the undertaking was handed over to Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH).

32 spots, where brief history display signs have been installed, includes extinct gates of Shahjahanabad – Nigambodh Darwaza, Kela Ghat Darwaza, Raja ghat Darwaza, Mori Darwaza, Kabuli Darwaza, Calcutta Gate, Kirlokari village, Jor Bagh, Said ul Ajaib, old Subzi Mandi, Begam Ka Bagh and Sarai (Town Hall), Feroz Shah Kotla, Roshanara Bagh and Faiz Bazaar (Dayraganj).

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