Delhi has more layers of culture, civilization, history and
built fabric extant in it than any other city in the world. It cradled
and nurtured seven cities, and was built and rebuilt to meet the demands
of different emperors and the people of each of those times.It is the
enthralling and enigmatic feature of this ancient modern city, that Delhi
today, is a complex agglomeration of built fabric which exist as evidence
in the form of layers of various historic time periods.
layers can be easily distinguished on the basis of their design, construction
techniques, materials and architectural elements that add diversity to
the basic typology. These range from domes, brackets, chhajjas, columns,plinths,
the development scenario in the post-Independence period adversely affected
the historical areas as well as several heritage sites. It also diluted
the ambience of the city. Therefore, DDA, widened its role to not only
meet the challenges of development, but to also preserve and protect the
different facets of the city's personality.
the Archaeological Survey of India has been entrusted with the preservation
and protection of known monuments, DDA, in order to protect the Urban
Heritage of Delhi, started a search for hitherto unknown areas of historical
Then, in December 1993, DDA instituted the Urban Heritage Awards to encourage
Delhites to appreciate, preserve, and take pride in the historically rich
traditions and unique buildings of the city of Delhi. The awards recognize
and honour individuals or institutions which have conserved old buildings
of their time, thereby enhancing the beauty of the city.They are decided
by a jury comprising of eminent citizens of Delhi, Administrators, Town
Planners, and Conservationists.
DDA has so far awarded / commended 17 buildings which reflect their architectural
images, social values, and traditions of their time, and are well maintained.