Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative Nizamuddin Development work

A landmark Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) project in New Delhi, India, the Urban Renewal Initiative is making enormous strides in revitalizing and unifying the three historical sites of Humayun’s Tomb, Nizamuddin Basti and Sunder Nursery into one unique heritage precinct. Powered by a non-profit public-private partnership between various agencies, the project is the first of its kind to combine conservation with environmental and socio-economic development while working with local communities and stakeholders. This initiative brings together world-class professional capabilities in all relevant areas and combines a visionary approach with local contexts and complexities. It is establishing an archetype for participatory conservation-led development of historic cities.... More >>

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Co-Funded by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, the upcoming Humayun's Tomb Site Museum will enhance visitor experience to the World Heritage Site of Humayun’s Tomb....

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REVIVING HISTORY, REBUILDING LIVES: In 1997, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of India’s independence, His Highness the Aga Khan offered to restore the garden of Humayun’s Tomb, marking this as AKTC’s first association with the World Heritage Site...

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The Conservation of Chausath Khamba, an early 17th century Mughal mausoleum has been undertaken from 2010-14 with support from Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. In a unique conservation effort, the 25 marble domes of the tomb required to be dismantled to repair marble and replace iron corroding iron dowels...

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The Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative since 2007 has demonstrated a prototype for urban revitalization for historic city centres, through a People Public-Private Partnership model...


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It gives me great pleasure to be present here at this unique event to commemorate and celebrate the 150th year of the Archaeological Survey of India...

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