India: Conservation of Nila Gumbad kicks offNEW DELHI: Efforts to secure the patch of land on which the Nila Gumbad stands have finally borne fruit, with the Northern Railway handing over the plot to the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC). Conservation work on this earliest Mughal-era structure began this week after years of wait.

The work is expected to take a year, and Nila Gumbad might become accessible to visitors of Humayun’s Tomb with the reopening of the blocked gateway. “A significant portion of the land has been secured, though the railways is still to clear up several truckloads of concrete sleepers,” said an ASI official. Conservation efforts by AKTC will be supported by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. Officials said they will focus on the tiles covering the dome and the intricate plasterwork as well as the wall paintings that adorn the ceiling of the dome. The damage caused by vibrations of rail and…

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