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Qutub Minar in a new light

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: For a bunch of tourists who arrived at the Qutub Minar after sunset, it was a taste in "real" tourism. Present at the inauguration of night tourism at the Qutub on Thursday quite by chance, they had a chance to strike the match for a function that was really about them.

Speaking at the function, the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Culture, Jaipal Reddy, stated: "It is a milestone in the projection of heritage in the country and the march of tourism. It marks a new phase in the projection of culture in India. The Qutub Minar is older than the tower of Pisa. It is taller and it does not lean."

A collaborative effort by the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Culture and the Indian Tourism and Development Corporation (ITDC) and the Archaeological Survey of India, the lighting project is one of a kind. State-of-the-art diffused lights that have being provided and designed by ITDC have been used. These are energy efficient and ultra-violet protective.

"We plan to light up the Humayun's Tomb next. It is very hot in Delhi for most of the year and I don't think people could see the monument like we are doing now. We hope to develop a place here for an eating experience for people who come here. We will also involve the local people to recite the history of the minar, so that they are proud of it. This is a great collaborative effort and we hope that there will many more," stated the Union Minister for Tourism, Renuka Chowdhury.

With lights imported from Italy, it takes about 250 bulbs to illuminate the structure.

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