Aga Khan Trust for Culture director-general Luis Monreal on Saturday said renovation at Humayun’s Tomb has helped in alleviating the suffering of marginalised families living in the Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti.

“Through our projects in over 20 countries, we ensure that conservation effort leads to improved quality of life for local communities. The Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Project has not only provided employment to master craftsmen, but through interventions in health, education, sanitation, cultural revival, livelihood generation, street improvements, housing improvement and landscaping of neighbourhood parks, it has also benefitted the residents of the Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti,” said Mr. Monreal.

Pointing out that the work at Humayun’s Tomb has created a new model for conservation as this was the first such instance of a public-private partnership in India, Mr. Monreal said: “We at AKTC have been privileged to partner with the Archaeological Survey of India and receive the funding support from Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. Also, the conservation efforts have had recourse to the most modern scientific knowledge as well as building craft techniques that have not changed for over a millennia. Both have been equally significant.”

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