Project to restore domed Qutb Shahi tombs

Intention of conservation works is to ensure that significance of the site is preserved and that its architectural integrity is maintained.

By Author   |   Published: 10th Mar 2017   12:41 am Updated: 10th Mar 2017   12:42 am
Qutb Shahi

Hyderabad: The German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) will support the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in conserving three domed tombs in the Qutb Shahi Heritage Park.

The domes, known as Commander and the twin tombs of two ‘hakims’, will be restored at an estimated cost of Rs 55.6 lakh, which will be donated by GFFO.

“The project which began in 2013 will be completed in 2023. The money is being donated from the cultural conservation fund of GFFO,” said Ratish Nanda of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

According to city-based historian MA Qayyum, the tombs of two hakims were built in 1651. “The two tombs are among the few Qutb Shahi tombs which do not belong to royal dynasty,” he said, adding that both were the favourite hakims of Sultan Abdullah.

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture team, as a precursor to the Conservation Plan, has prepared 2,000 drawings of the monuments in addition to topographical surveys wherein each minor feature of the site has been mapped, including trees. The conservation works will include state-of-art technology such as high definition surveys using 3D laser scanning technology.

The intention of the conservation works is to ensure that the significance of the site is preserved and that its architectural integrity is maintained. Removal of modern material inserted into the built fabric might be necessary, according to a press release from the Goethe-Zentrum here on Thursday.

The proposed landscape master plan, based on site surveys and available archival material, is aimed at an enhanced setting for the monuments and improved internal visitor circulation. A significant area will be dedicated for ecological zones on the northern and southern sections of the site as well. Ecological trails will allow school children to have an improved understanding of heritage, the release said.