South Delhi historical sites e-book unveiled

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The book was unveiled by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and South Delhi Mayor Mukesh Suryan during a video conference.

New Delhi: From an old reservoir in Mehrauli built during the reign of the Tomar dynasty to an iconic British-era police station building in Daryaganj, a new e-book with information on 108 heritage sites in Delhi was unveiled on Thursday. The book, titled ‘Glorious Heritage’, is the first in a three-volume series and aims to educate young people about the city’s historic sites. The book was unveiled by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and South Delhi Mayor Mukesh Suryan during a video conference.

Suryan said the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has established a “heritage conservation cell” to conserve and protect heritage sites under its jurisdiction, and has identified 475 sites.

The LG in its post in the book pointed out that while Delhi is home to the UNESCO heritage sites of Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar, there are many interesting historical structures that are tucked away in inner alleys.

It is the duty of both the government and the population to preserve these lesser-known structures and to publicize these sites, he said. He also advised to work in association with private agencies on a public-private partnership (PPP) mode to continue conservation activities.

The first volume in the series contains beautiful images and information on 108 heritage sites. Two more volumes of this book are being written and will contain information relating to the remaining heritage sites under the jurisdiction of the SDMC, officials said. Mayor Suryan said that through this book, people, especially the younger generation, will get to know about historical monuments, ancient buildings and memorials.

SDMC Commissioner Gyanesh Bharti, Standing Committee Chairman Col (ret) BK Oberoi, House Chief Indrajeet Sehrawat, Standing Committee Deputy Chairman Poonam Bhati, Additional Commissioner and Heritage Cell Chairman AA Tazir and other senior officials were also present on occasion.


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