Delhi Tourism & Transportation Development Corporation Limited (DTTDC) is planning to beautify the entry points of Delhi. Innovative, futuristic ideas and cost effective technology to develop user friendly & aesthetically pleasing design will be adopted for the project. The design will be eco- friendly and energy saving one, utilizing natural light, etc. and the complex will be designed as a green building.
Along with the beautification of entry points, development of surrounding area will also be undertaken. So, the project will also include construction of Foot Over Bridge for pedestrian if required, public services like toilets, information booth, LED screens for projecting weather, time etc., signage depicting Delhi monuments and tourist places, advertisement, etc.
Many gates have been built in Delhi during the regime various emperors in the past and that trend was continued even during the period of British Rule. The gates of the ancient city of Lal Kot, also called the first city of Delhi in Mehrauli – Qutb Complex, the gates in the second city of Siri Fort, the gates in the third city, Tughlaqabad, the gates in the fourth city of Jahannam and the gates in the fifth city of Feruzabad are some of the examples of such gates built. Most of the gates were built during the Mughal rule and during the British rule. For example, in 1611, European merchant William Finch had described Delhi as the city of seven castles (Forts) & 52 gates. However, at present, only 13 gates exist in good condition, while all others are in ruins or have been demolished.