The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has taken up several important conservation, restoration, Up-Gradation & development works at the Historical Purana Qila in New Delhi. In a unique initiative, the ASI has taken up conservation and upgradation of Central Antiquity Collection Section (CAC) which spread in the cells along the periphery of the fortification.
The CAC section is being designed into a modern gallery which will display for the first time ever artefacts and pottery from Harappa, Mohenjo-daro, Taxila, Chanhu-daro and Central Asia as well as from Indian sides like Kalibangan, Hastinapur, Arikamedu, Tamluk etc. It has been established that the total collection of pottery and artefacts of CAC Section at Purana Qila is over two lakhs.
Major development work has also been undertaken for reviving by desilting the moat area around the Purana Qila which is likely to be completed soon. Similarly, illumination of the magnificent mosque and other structures at the Purana Qila will also be done as in case of other historical monuments. The work of construction of toilet complex, public drinking water facilities, fixing red sandstone dustbins, developing parking facility, installation of publication counter is also in progress on a war footing.
The turnstile gates for entry and exit are already provided near booking office and are working satisfactorily. Similarly, development of the garden in nearly 8 hectares of area inside the Purana Qila premises, stone benches, cleaning up the debris are other works undertaken to give a total facelift to the prime tourist destination.
The work of conservation of excavated remains is also in progress to protect it from direct environmental effects.
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Quick Facts: Location: Near Delhi Zoo,Mathura Road, Nearest Metro Station:Pragati Maidan, Open: All days, Entry Fee: 20 (Indians), 200 (foreigners), Days Closed: None, Photography Charges: Free (still camera); 25 (video camera)
Monumental Attraction : One does not have to go far to see the old fort or Purana Quila standing stoically amidst wild greenery.Built on the site of the most ancient of the numerous cities of Delhi, Indraprastha, Purana Quila is roughly rectangular in shape having a circuit of nearly two kilometers.
The thick ramparts crowned by merlons have three gateways provided with bastions on either side. It was surrounded by a wide moat, connected to river Yamuna, which used to flow on the east of the fort. The northern gate way, called the Talaqui darwaza or the forbidden gateway, combines the typically Islamic pointed arch with Hindu Chhatris and brackets; whereas the southern gateway called the Humayun Darwaza also had a similar plan.
The massive gateway and walls of Purana Quila were built by Humayun and the foundation laid for the new capital, Dinpanah.
The work was carried forward by Sher Shah Suri,who displaced Humayun, Purana Quila is the venue for the spectacular sound and light show held every evening.