There are approx 144 historic site within AMC’s jurisdiction, in need of attention and maintenance. Due to lack of funds the Amc is unable to maintain most of these. Some years back it was proposed to levy 2% surcharge on property tax for maintenance of historic monuments within city limits, but the proposal didn’t see light of the day. The city also missed the chance to get itself included in central government’s Hriday schemes for historical cities which could have made available funds for conservation of heritage buildings. The administration should keep trying to get the city included in Hriday scheme.
The other option which the administration could work out is tapping Smart City funds. 2% of the proposed budget under smart city scheme could be set aside for preservation of monuments.
Zanana Mahal could be brought back to life and put to good use. It could be a place for Art lovers; Activities related to arts like an arts gallery, exhibitions, drama, singing, drawing, architecture, seminars and much more can be organised. Heritage festivals can be held too.
Monuments inside Qila-e-Ark needs special attention, buildings are are in state of disrepair, some portions have collapsed and doorways and windows stolen. It’s a state government property and the government will do good to release funds for its preservation. The least the government could do is allow AMC to collect surcharge on property tax for conservation of heritage monuments within its jurisdiction.