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Sultan Ghari Ruins

The Sultan Ghari site is located near Mahipalpur and Rangpuri villages, on the southern edge of urban Delhi, just off the principal road passing through Vasant Kunj. It has a tomb protected by ASI and several scattered ruins.

Following the successful completion of the Lado Serai project (2001-02) the DDA invited INTACH Delhi Chapter to prepare a proposal for the conservation of unprotected monuments that stand on DDA land surrounding the ASI protected Sultan Ghari tomb. Permission of the ASI was sought because the ruins were located within 300 m of the centrally protected monument, the Sultan Ghari tomb. This permission was only received in 2004. Work finally commenced on site in February 2005 and was completed in March 2006 at a total cost of Rs. 58.68 lacs.

INTACH Delhi Chapter received a grant of Rs. 2.25 lacs from Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for conservation work on the Gumti in October 2001. The conservation work took six months to complete and was carried out with a two fold aim: first, to carry out urgent repairs to restore the structural integrity of the building; and, second, to restore some of the lost elements of the building such as minarets and tile work, in order to enable visitors to understand the original architectural character of the monument.

The five buildings/complexes include the ruins of a residential complex on the eastern edge of the land, an individual courtyard unit entered through an arched gateway south of the residential complex, ruined remains of a mosque in close proximity to the Sultan Ghari tomb, a grand well and part of a much larger western settlement immediately adjacent to the Sultan Ghari tomb..

Phase II of the project that proposes landscaping the area and conversion of one of the residential enclosures into an interpretation centre by restoring a single dwelling unit has received approval in principle from DDA, but funds are awaited.

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