The renovated Humayun’s Tomb was inaugurated recently in a high-profile function attended by the Prime Minister, the Aga Khan, Ratan Tata and chief minister Sheila Dikshit. Amid all the fanfare, it probably didn’t occur to anyone that another World Heritage Site, which had set out on the road to renovation around the same time as the Mughal emperor’s tomb, had fallen by the wayside . It’s the Red Fort, a symbol of Mughal pride and, perhaps, vainglory.
-snip- ASI director general Pravin Srivastava admitted there were some technical issues, and that public-private partnership hadn’t been ruled out. He said CCMP should have been implemented systematically . Superintending archaeologist Vasant Kumar Swarnkar cited manpower shortage. “We are responsible for hundreds of sites. The manpower employed at Humayun’s Tomb by AKTC is something we can’t match,” he said.