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Government plans to declare Delhi’s Anang Tal a National Monument

Government plans to declare Delhi’s Anang Tal a National Monument .

Union Minister of State for Culture and Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal visited the mini lake Anang Tal which is located at Mehrauli, New Delhi. It was created in 1052 A.D by the founder king of Delhi Maharaja Anang Pal Tomar.  Chairman of the National Monuments Authority (NMA) Tarun Vijay, Regional Director Archeological Survey of India (ASI), Arvin Manjul and other senior officers from NMA, ASI, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and local administration accompanied MoS for Culture during the visit.

MoS for Culture was surprised to see the dilapidated condition of the millennium old Anang Tal which signifies the beginning of Delhi. He instructed them to finish the work of cleaning Anang Tal and declare it a National Monument immediately. He said he will ask DDA to rejuvenate Anang Tal bringing back its past glory.

Anang Tal has a strong Rajasthan connection as Maharaja Anang Pal is known as nana (maternal grandfather) of Prithviraj Chauhan whose fort Rai Pithora is on the list of ASI. These monuments have turned into a garbage dump today. NMA has been trying for the last two years to bring back the glory of pre-islamic monuments destroyed by foreign invaders.

On the occasion  Chairman, NMA Tarun Vijay said that “it is a miracle of PM Narendra Modi’s vision and his dedication to preserve the National Heritage. He also thanked Shri Meghwal for a quick action on AnangTal.”

Brief History as per National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities website reads, Tradition ascribes this tank to a Tomar King, Anang Pal II, the builder of Lal Kot. It is said to have been a place of general resort but now it is dried up and used for cultivation. It is also said that Alauddin Khalji A.D 1296-1316 utilized the water of this tank when he built minar and extended the Qutub-ul-Islam mosque.

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