Abdur Rahim Khan-I Khanan Conservation and Cultural Revival. Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme. 2020.
Despite the immense historical, architectural and archaeological significance of the structure and its prominent location on two of Delhi’s major transport arteries, Rahim’s mausoleum stood in a ruinous condition with a risk of collapse. In 2014, following the completion of conservation works on the Humayun’s Tomb World Heritage Site, the inter-disciplinary Aga Khan Trust for Culture team - with the support and partnership of InterGlobe Foundation and the Archaeological Survey of India - commenced a six-year conservation effort. With 175000 man-days of work by master craftsmen, this has been the largest conservation effort ever undertaken at any monument of national importance in India and also the first-ever privately undertaken conservation effort under the ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’. A conservation effort of this magnitude and complexity required to benefit from a wide spectrum of advice and over 60 independent peer reviews have been carried out since 2015.