New Delhi: Blowing life into the walls of one of Delhi’s most fascinating structures, NBCC (India) Ltd, the Navratna public sector enterprise and Archaeological Survey of India, announced the complete restoration of Purana Qila on the auspicious occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
On Wednesday, Minister of Culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, inaugurated the Rejuvenated Lake and Illumination at Purana Quila, in the presence of MP Meenakshi Lekhi, Minister of State (I/C) for Information and Broadcasting, Arun Goel, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Dr. Anoop Kumar Mittal, CMD, NBCC and Usha Sharma, DG, ASI.
The execution of the exemplary project was implemented in three phases that commenced with basic conserving and restoring activities, deepening of the lake, revamping and extending the museum, renovating the parking facilities and finally excavating and improving the visual appeal of the structure.
Speaking on NBCC’s efforts to revive Purana Qila, MP Meenakshi Lekhi said “For centuries, Purana Qila has stood testimony to Delhi’s rich archaeological heritage and its lake has been the boating destination for many generations of Delhites. This renovated Qila, is a shining example of Incredible India, to tourists from all over the world.”
Dr. Mahesh Sharma, addresing the gathering to mark the completion of the project said,
“I’m Extremely happy to see the restored Purana Quila under Adopt a heritage’ initiative of ministry of tourism in close collaboration with Ministry of culture and Archeological Survey of India (ASI). I congratulate NBCC for successfully completing this restoration project. In New Delhi Purana Quila bad condition was not looking good at all. Thanks to Mittal ji for this restoration. There is so much history attached to this Purana Qila. Now it will become tourist destination for this generation. They will come to know about our rich Indian history.”