This Lodi period Gumti (domed pavilion) at Lado Serai is strategically located along the Mehrauli-Badarpur road, a major transport artery in south Delhi. It is visually linked to the UNESCO designated World Heritage Site of Qutub Minar.
The monument had been encroached for several decades. The lack of sensitive maintenance coupled with vandalism had led to severe structural deterioration.
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 project provided practical experience in dealing with the typical problems of unprotected – and virtually abandoned historical buildings in Delhi, and instilled confidence to undertake more such projects in future.
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