Gurugram: To preserve the historical legacy of Gurugram, the district archaeological department plans to stop any construction activities within a range of 200 metres of old forts and other historic places in and around Gurugram.
It may be noted that for long, places of historical significance in Gurugram have faced neglect and encroachments, considered to be the main reason of their degradation.
Even though Gurugram's history is not widely known, the city – which gets its present name from Guru Dronacharya – has been vital part of historic kingdom of Delhi.
Gurugram is home to several monuments not only dating back to Mughal era but even to the times of Prithviraj Chauhan, all of which are today are deteriorating due to public apathy.
The most famous monument facing severe neglect is the Badshahpur fort.
Constructed in 1216 AD, the historical structure today is plagued by unchecked encroachment. Over the years, more than 150 residential structures that have come around the fort.
Ironically, even though the monument figures prominently in the Haryana government's tourism website, there have been little to no measures taken for preserving the monument's historic status.
A similar fate is being faced by the bundhs (artificial water body) located a few metres away from the fort. Set up during the Mughal era, the land on which these bundhs rest have also been encroached upon by locals.
Another historical monument that is degrading due to public apathy is the Sheesh Mahal, built in the mid 1700's, by a Mughal vassal.
Over the years, various historical events were recorded in Gurugram, which also includes the war between 1857 mutineers and the British colonisers.
Presently, several complaints have been received of the monuments being used by drug addicts to get their fix. Within the city centre, most of bundhs that have been created during the British times have been filled up.