DGC to help heritage restoration within its campus

DGC to help heritage restoration within its campus

The Delhi Golf Club (DGC) will carry out conservation of eight ‘unprotected’ heritage structures with the assistance of the Central Public Work Department (CPWD). CPWD has already received the go ahead from the government to undertake the project. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will provide technical assistance. The DGC may seek help from Corporates to raise funds for the conservation of the historic structures.

The DGC has seven tombs and a mosque on its sprawling over 220 acres campus. These structures were structures constructed during the Tughlaq period and the Mughal rule. For example, domes in the Barah Khamba suggests that it is a Tughlaq-era structure. On the other hand, the Lal Bangla, possibly named after Lal Kunwar, mother of Mughal King Shah Alam II is a Mughal era structure. Apart from three unknown tombs, the campus has sepulchres of Sayyid Abid, companion of Mughal general Nursat Jang and Mir Taqi. All the structures, except Lal Bangla, a notified monument in the ASI list, have not been notified as protected buildings yet either by the state archaeology department or ASI. In fact, a proposal to notify these structures has been gathering dust for more than a year and no action has been taken so far reasons unknown.

Interestingly, the department had included DGC monuments in the list of 18 monuments supposed to be restored this year, for which detailed project reports (DPRs) were also prepared. While the work at other sites has already started, conservation work couldn’t be set off due to jurisdiction issues between the club and the department.

The conservation efforts will probably be a rare feat as for the first time, a private entity — the club — will be managing and supervising the conservation of sites of historical importance in Delhi.

DGC is a prominent golf club situated in Delhi, India. It is close to Delhi’s top tourist sites of India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi Zoo, and Lodhi Gardens. DGC comprises 18-hole course which is part of the Asian PGA Tour, and a shorter 9-hole course, and sprawling club house with swimming pool.

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