Delhizens and history buffs, listen up! Gear up for longer strolls inside the Red Fort because we have news for you. Mughal-styled quartzine roads are soon to be rolled over the existing metallic paths inside Red Fort because it has been observed that walking on these pathways is easier!
Back in the day, Mughals used to carve their roads out of DQ stones or Delhi quartzine according to historic evidences so the Archaeological Survey of India is planning to reconstruct these quaint stone ways, just like in the nawabi era!
The disassembling of the road had another benefit- after the bitumen layering was scraped, the road level dipped to its original state and the colossal immovable fort doors could be moved again! Although the doorways are in need of immediate conservation efforts, this step by the ASI will renew the experience of visiting this site.
The roads inside the fort were made motorable so that the Indian army officials could travel in their vehicles during the period of their control but after 2005, most them have moved out of the complex! So this will renovation will bring down emissions inside this heritage site; also the museum is being relocated and the palace, restored.
A branch of the road linking Lahori Gate to Delhi Gate will bifurcate to Asad Burj, the south-eastern corner of the fort and then turn towards the imperial palace complex. The road will connect to Mumtaz Mahal and will pass by two quarters- Rang Mahal and Diwan-i-Khas.
The sound and light show at Red Fort which is also arguably the oldest in Asia, may take some more time to be operational again. It is being said that the new script of the show has already been forwarded to the culture ministry and is still under consideration. The old script was inked by the iconic writers- Ali Sardar Jafri, Kaifi Azmi and Khushwant Singh and the show was directed by the renowned film director Chetan Anand.
The show had been running since 1968 but was suspended in June last year for upgradation after it was observed that content needs to be rewritten and the lights and other equipment require a revamp too.