The provincial government in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has determined to buy the ancestral houses of legendary Bollywood actors Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar to preserve the historic buildings that are in dilapidated situation and going through demolition menace. The Department of Archaeology in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province has determined to allocate enough funds for buying the 2 buildings, which have been declared because the nationwide heritage and lie within the coronary heart of Peshawar metropolis, an official mentioned.
An official letter has been despatched to the Deputy Commissioner of Peshawar to decide the fee of each the historic buildings, the place the 2 greats of Indian cinema have been born and raised of their early days earlier than the partition, mentioned Dr Abdus Samad Khan, the pinnacle of division of archaeology.
Raj Kapoor’s ancestral house, referred to as Kapoor Haveli, is located within the fabled Qissa Khwani Bazar. It was constructed between 1918 and 1922 by the legendary actor’s grandfather Dewan Basheswarnath Kapoor. Raj Kapoor and his uncle Trilok Kapoor have been born within the constructing. It has been declared nationwide heritage by the provincial government.
Veteran actor Dilip Kumar’s over 100-year-old ancestral home can be positioned in the identical locality. The home is in shambles and was declared as nationwide heritage in 2014 by the then Nawaz Sharif government.
Khan mentioned the homeowners of the 2 buildings made many makes an attempt previously to demolish them for setting up business plazas in view of their prime location however all such strikes have been stopped because the archaeology division needed to protect them maintaining in view their historic significance.
However, the proprietor of Kapoor Haveli, Ali Qadar, mentioned that he didn’t need to demolish the constructing and made many contacts with the archaeology division officers to defend and protect this historic construction which is a nationwide satisfaction.
The proprietor has demanded Rs 200 crore from the KP government to promote it out to the government.
In 2018, the Pakistan government determined to convert the Kapoor Haveli right into a museum, heeding to a request by Rishi Kapoor who died this 12 months in Mumbai.
However, the announcement to this impact couldn’t be materialised regardless of a lapse of round two years.
There are round 1,800 historic buildings in Peshawar that are over 300 years previous.
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