Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) was conducting excavations to the inaccessible parts of Purana Quila in order to dig historic evidence that is related to the pre-Mauryan period (3rd century BC). These will soon be open to the public.
This was announced by ASI director general Usha Sharma when she was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of redeveloped Purana Quila lake complex and illumination of the fort. She said, “The work to set up a thematic museum is on the verge of completion. Antiquities collected from foreign countries will be displayed at the facility, which will begin within a month. The ASI will also open excavation sites for people soon”.
Earlier visitors only paid for the boating facility; however it was stopped in August 2016 and won’t be available for now, the pond was also dried up in April 2017. The National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) has also redeveloped the lake and its surroundings. The lake redevelopment project started spreading over 28 acres includes refurbishment of the moat, illumination, landscaping, development of a central antiquity museum, installation of decorative lights, aerating fountains, and construction of other facilities that had started in May.
The NBCC adopted the site through the culture ministry’s ‘adopt a monument’ scheme last year. The cost of the project is Rs 30 crore, which was shared by NBCC and ASI equally. This programme was also attended by Arun Goel, secretary (culture), and Anoop Kumar Mittal, chairman-cummanaging director, NBCC, and Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament from New Delhi.