"Barah Khamba monument" notice
- I have always known about the Barakhamba Road in Delhi, but never
heard about the monument.
There are many monuments in India that have turned into "ragpickers
HC notices to Centre, ASI, Delhi govt on encroachment
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NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has sought replies from the Centre,
Archaeological Survey of India and Delhi government on encroachment
in the areas of 16th century Barah Khamba monument here - the
surroundings of which have virtually been turned into a slum.
The court issued notices to Union ministries of home, human resource
development, Delhi government, ASI, Delhi Police and Municipal
Corporation of Delhi in an order passed last week.
All these agencies had been directed to file their affidavits by
August 10, following a petition by Heritage and Culture Forum.
HCF president told the court that despite being a protected monument,
the authorities had failed to maintain Barah Khmaba which was built
during the Lodhi dynasty and protect it from the encroachers.
``Encroachers have occupied every inch of the monument and the entire
area has been turned it into a slum cluster. The inhabitants are
washing clothes in its premises and the main structure is being used
as godown by ragpickers,'' said HCF in a public interest litigation.
The stone plaque put up by ASI to provide information about the
historic importance of the structure, is missing while a considerable
portion of another protected monument, Tilangani tomb in the vicinity
had also been encroached upon by slum dwellers, the PIL said.