Work on construction of the country’s “first” sunken museum at the iconic Humayun’s Tomb site will begin from Tuesday.
Inspired by baolis in northern India, the underground site museum with a built-up area of 9,000 sq. m. will marry modern 21st century architecture with Mughal-era craftsmanship in its design.
Expected to be complete by 2017, the project has been pledged a fund of Rs.49 crore from the Tourism Ministry. Union Minister of Culture Mahesh Sharma will lay the foundation on Tuesday in the presence of Prince Karim Aga Khan IV.
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), which is building the museum on behalf of the Archaeological Survey of India as part of its urban renewal initiative, says the museum will be located at the entrance zone of the World Heritage Complex and serve as bridge between the three sites of Nizamuddin, Sunder Nursery and the 16th century tomb.