New Delhi: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has not updated or made changes to the official “missing” list of monuments in Delhi, stated a report by Times of India. As per the missing list, at least 13 monuments in Delhi have gone missing or untraceable out of the total 174 centrally-protected monuments. However, most of the sites were either traced or considered missing as their names were wrongly registered in the first place, the report added.
Sources in the know of the matter reportedly said that a report prepared by ASI’s Delhi circle in 2014 claimed that four monuments that were deemed ‘missing’ had been found. However, the current ‘missing’ list has not taken the 2014 report into consideration. Efforts were made to find out the missing monuments after the Comptroller and Auditor General of India slammed ASI for not maintaining the national heritage.
The four listed monuments that had gone missing in the Delhi circle included a tomb with three domes in Nizamuddin, the Shamsi Talab mosque in Mehrauli and two other unnamed mosques in Munirka. Nine more ASI monuments that were missing in Delhi’s mini-circle included the Moti Gate of Sher Shah’s Delhi, Phool Chadar near Najafgarh, Alipur cemetery, Barakhamba cemetery and Nicholson’s statue.
The Times of India report quoted an official as saying, “The Joga Bai mound was listed as missing, but ASI traced it to deep inside Shaheen Bagh, a heavily encroached-upon site. It was demarcated and struck off the list. Neeli Chhatri in Nizamuddin was similarly removed from the list and denotified.” The ASI official added, “The tomb with three domes has been located inside the Golf Course. Moti and Sher Shah’s Gate are the same monuments with dual notification.” The official added that the statue of Nicholson which has been traced to Ireland stands in the school where Nicholson had his primary education.
While some sites such as the Phool Chadar, the three sites of Siege Battery and Incha Wali Gumti had gone missing, several other identified monuments have to be removed from the list, said sources.