Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: Going after sunset through the complex of the 12th century Qutub Minar will soon be considered a better experience when the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) decides to replace the façade lamps at the minaret with ‘architectural lights’.
This new illumination (similar to the ones that are installed at the red fort) helps in sprucing up the complex giving tourists a more detailed view of its opulent architecture, calligraphic verses, corbels, and intricate carving even at night.
ASI has asked the National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) to carry out the replacement of the lights, in which the design is being prepared. In the next three-four months, the Qutub Minar will soon be the second world heritage site in the national capital to have the state-of-the-art illumination after the Red Fort.
This architectural lighting is also known as element illumination. It is a programming based technique in which beams of light are cast on many components such as domes, ramparts, minarets etc. from different angles in order to highlight their architectural details.
Mahesh Sharma, Union minister for Culture said, “Our historic buildings look weak in comparison to such sites abroad as they are beautifully illuminated. Architectural lights at Qutub Minar will enhance its aesthetic and will attract more tourists. Next in line is Safdarjung Tomb”.