Restoration complete, Humayun's Tomb blooms again - AGA KHAN SAYS HERITAGE IS AT RISK AFTER DESTRUCTION OF CULTURAL TREASURES - 2003-04-16
FOR the first time in 400 years, water channels in the 16th Century Humayun's Tomb were today reactivated to facilitate the water harvesting system in the tomb, making it the largest heritage site in India to have such a system.
The Tomb is also the only site to have a water harvesting system that covers two acres of constructed area and 30 acres of the entire site.
The project, on a cost of Rs 2.5 crore for garden restoration alone, began in April 2000 after the complex was nominated a World Heritage Site in 1992. The nomination document said though the tomb was in good shape, it's gardens were in a ''dismal state and needed restoration''.
At this, the Aga Khan Trust decided to adopt the gardens in 1997.
The project began only two years ago under the aegis of the National Culture Fund of the department of culture.
The objective of the project was to revitalise the gardens, pathways, fountains and water channels of the chahar-bagh