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Proposed elevated track of DMRC opposed

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INTACH fears that it will ruin the historic sanctity of the area Intervention of Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi sought

NEW DELHI: Concerned over the ramifications of the proposed elevated track of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) between IIT and Qutub Minar, the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi urging them to intervene immediately.

The proposed track runs past the World Heritage Site of the Qutub Minar, the Mehrauli Archaeological Park and crosses over the Lal Kot wall that is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Since this is an important heritage zone for the city, INTACH fears that the elevated track will ruin the historic sanctity of the area.

"We learn that the Cabinet Sub-Committee will be examining the proposal of the Phase -II of the DMRC on August 31. The INTACH Delhi Chapter is deeply concerned about the elevated route of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation,'' the letter states.

Interactive sessions

Stating that in the two interactive sessions held with DMRC so far at India International Centre and with the Delhi Urban Arts Commission, citizens, urban planners, architects and conservationists had expressed their concern to this "insensitive sacrilege'' and DMRC officials had agreed to consider alternatives, the letter asks them to reconsider this part of the proposal.

"INTACH Delhi Chapter urges immediate intervention into the matter so that the problems arising due to the elevated tracks, the gravest of which will be the possible de-recognition by UNESCO of the Qutub Complex as a World Heritage Site are addressed,'' the letter states.

Letter

Copies of the letter have also been sent to the Union Minister for Culture, Jaipal Reddy, the Union Minister for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and the Director-General of the ASI.

This is not the first time that conservationists have expressed concern over the elevated track in this heritage zone. The ASI too has raised similar reservations over the issue earlier.

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