Delhi will have to get used to seeing some corner or the other of the iconic Red Fort under construction or renovation for a while. The Archaeological Survey of India is already running a restoration project on the 17th century monument, which they plan to finish by December. If you plan a visit, you’ll probably see men at work at the Mumtaz Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas as well as the main entrance—Lahori Gate. But that is not where the work ends. Under the government’s ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme, the Dalmia Bharat group is all set to put on their big boy pants and undertake the gargantuan task of revamping this UNESCO world heritage site within the next five years. We hear they plan to complete the night-lighting arrangement at the structure’s front side before the PM’s Independence Day address.
Amongst all the awesome changes we can expect at the site, a few are tactile flooring, which will make the place more disabled-friendly, more cultural events and concerts, upgraded washrooms, night trails, drinking water kiosks, lit-up pathways, a themed cafeteria, turnstile gates, battery-operated vehicles and more. We’re looking forward to seeing our monuments meeting international norms of maintenance—all the more reason for tourists and locals alike to keep coming back to this historical point.