The Qutb Shahi Heritage Park comprises of the presently segregated sites of Qutb Shahi Tombs under the management of the Department of Heritage (earlier Department of Archaeology), the Deccan Park managed by the Quli Qutb Shah Urban Development Authority as well as the land abutting the Idgah.
In January 2013, AKTC signed a ten-year MoU with both the Department of Archaeology as well as QQSUDA. However, within days of the MoU, vested interests challenging the ownership of the land by the Department of Archaeology filed a petition at the Wakf Tribunal and prohibited much needed conservation works to be carried out. Almost a year was lost on this account before conservation works commenced.
Today, almost half of the 100+ structures standing on the site have been conserved and Phase 1 of landscape restoration completed. Much will thus be achieved by January 2023 when the MoU will require review.
As with other Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme projects worldwide, the initiative at the Qutb Shahi Heritage Park aims to serve as a model project – demonstrating a conservation approach based on the understood significance of the site, appropriate for the Indian context and in conformity with international guidelines for World Heritage Sites.