Current Scenario

  • India as one of the world’s largest, oldest, richest civilizations is known for its abundance of built heritage.
  • While ASI protects 3650 monuments, 35,000 to 7,00,000 structures lie unprotected. Delhi alone has over 1000 unprotected monuments.
  • While Delhi, Agra, Jaipur face ever-increasing tourism, lesser-known sites have little footfall and lie neglected.
  • The list of ‘missing monuments’ under ASI tallies 24.
  • Dialogue on heritage is limited and the youth is particularly disengaged on this subject.
  • With limited resources for conservation and due to ravages of time, theft and encroachments, degradation of this heritage is inevitable.