The department of museum and archaeology, Haryana has initiated the process of bringing Faridabad’s Rani ki Chattri under state protection. Located in Ballabgarh, the heritage structure will be the first in Faridabad district to get protection from the state. Other monuments in the region are under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the tourism department of Haryana.
The proposal has already received the Chief Minister’s go ahead. Dating back to the 19th century, the heritage structure includes a cenotaph (chattri) and a masonry tank. As per the District Gazetteer, the complex was built by the widow of Anirudh Singh, who was the king of Ballabgarh till 1818, in the memory of her deceased husband.
Now the department would be responsible for the protection and the municipal corporation will have to take permission from the department for carrying out works, if necessary.
Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) — an organisation dedicated to preserving monuments— has also been involved in efforts aimed at conservation of the structure. INTACH, Faridabad, had signed an agreement with the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad for restoration work in August 2019. The work interrupted due to lockdown and later on restarted in November.