India: Life around the tombs — The Financial Express com

By: Isher Judge Ahluwalia

 SummaryEven though the Nizamuddin Basti lacks a formal identity, its urban renewal has been done with sensitivity…

The Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative is an experiment in heritage and urban rejuvenation in the heart of New Delhi, which should make every Delhiite proud. The restoration of Humayun’s Tomb and its gardens, as well as the development of Sunder Nursery are well known, but few are aware of the urban rejuvenation in the Nizamuddin Basti that is being carried out without much fanfare by a team of dedicated young professionals led by Ratish Nanda. The basti is one of Delhi’s oldest settlements. It not only has an impressive collection of Indo-Islamic monuments dating back 700 years, but has also been a fountain of performing arts and host to a living culture of festivals and processions.

The master plan of Delhi lists Nizamuddin Basti as Mirza Ghalib Barakhamba Colony. The colony, I am solemnly told, is not a slum and it is not an urban village, that is, it is not ‘lal dora’. It is not clear whether it is authorised or unauthorised, but for sure, it is a non-regularised colony. I don’t know what to make of all this. Like the master plan, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) website also lists this as Mirza Ghalib Barakhamba Colony. Even though the basti lacks a ‘formal’ identity, the urban renewal of this inner city area has been done with a great deal of sensitivity, thanks to the public-private partnership and engagement and empowerment of the community.

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Archives of Humayun’s Tomb Complex, Sunder Nursery Developing a World-Class City Park, Nizamuddin Basti  Enabling Community and more on Nizamuddin Renewal org

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Humayun’s Tomb Complex : Conserving a World-Heritage Site

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Sunder Nursery : Developing a World-Class City Park

Nizamuddin Basti : Enabling Community


Partner Agencies

Co-funded by :

Sir Dorabji Tata Trust
Ford Foundation
World Monuments Fund
Federal Republic of Germany
U S Embassy

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