NEW DELHI: A public interest litigation (PIL) in 2005 before the Delhi High Court seeking protection of five heritage structures — gateways and Kos Minar — in Badarpur led to the launch of arguably the biggest and most wide-ranging conservation project for historic sites in Delhi since Independence. While disposing of the petition, the court directed the state archaeology department (SAD) of the Delhi government to initiate efforts for protection and conservation of the structures cited in the petition.
Subsequently, it began a survey of buildings of historic significance, including nationally important monuments, decaying due to negligence by the authorities, and documented them for protection. For the purpose, the department signed a memorandum of understanding with Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Inatch) in October 2008 and in November 2012. The efforts have borne fruit as the collaboration helped in safeguarding 65 such buildings in the past decade.