NMA drafts bylaws for Nizamuddin heritage monuments in Delhi

The National Monument Authority has put forth a public notice issuing a draft of heritage bylaws. These laws specifically imply for the conservation and restoration of the Nizamuddin basti group of monuments in Delhi. The authority works under the Ministry of Culture, India. The draft is designed in consultation with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. The laws are developed under the power conferred upon NMA by the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remain Act. The authority has devised the bylaws to streamline the physical, social and economic interventions in and around the site. The law stands for a radius of 300 metres of the protected monuments in the basti.  

The bylaws govern 10 Archaeological Survey of India monuments within the Nizamuddin basti. The list includes significant buildings of the tomb of Amir Khusrow and the tomb of Nizamuddin Auliya. The committee has published the draft for scrutiny by the stakeholders of the Nizamuddin area. They are welcoming suggestions, feedback and objections until the 26th of March 2019.

The parameters and considerations for preparation of these bylaws comprise the location of the monument along with its condition assessment. History of the place is also a major consideration for restoration. Also, a description of the heritage site in terms of architecture, culture and society is studied. The existing development plan of the city in relation to the heritage site is methodically scrutinized. A detailed analysis of the site survey data and site-specific recommendations are undertaken. The Delhi Development Authority Masterplan (DDA) 2021 recognises the Nizamuddin Basti area as one of the six heritage zones in Delhi.

The existing land use pattern at the heritage site is mixed. They can categorize it into the zones of residential, government, public, recreation, road transportation and utilities. As part of the draft, comprehensive urban design schemes are being developed for a 100 metres vicinity of the Nizamuddin Basti. A workable design solution for residential areas is being developed. The initiatives include improvising the existing condition of streets, street furniture, lighting, signages and the kiosks for street vendors. Also, it highlights the significance of a disaster relief plan for the heritage zone. The plan highlights disaster relief centres and fire hydrants in the vicinity. Regarding the same, the board has also proposed a detailed vulnerability assessment on site.

Following similar traces, the Delhi Urban Heritage Foundation has approved “Monument Area Development Plans” for five areas. These monuments in the basti are namely:

  1. Housing and facade improvement around Chausath Khamba.
  2. Redevelopment around Do-Siriya Gumbad and its conservation.
  3. Barakhamba conservation and landscape.
  4. Atgah Khan tomb conservation along with an improvement of surroundings. Also, the relocation of families living within the structure.
  5. Conservation of Tilangani’s tomb along with an improvement of surroundings. Also, the relocation of families living within the structure.

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