‘Kapoor Haveli’ in Pakistan faces demolition risk

Peshawar, July 12

The historic ancestral house of late Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor in Pakistan’s Peshawar metropolis is going through demolition risk as the present proprietor of the home is adamant on constructing a industrial complicated on the positioning.

In 2018, the Pakistan authorities determined to transform the “Kapoor Haveli” in Qissa Khwani Bazar in Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province right into a museum, heeding to a request by Rishi Kapoor who died not too long ago at a hospital in Mumbai.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had assured Rishi Kapoor that the Pakistan authorities would convert the actor’s home right into a museum.

The haveli had changed into a ghost constructing, residents of the realm mentioned. Due to its dilapidated situation, the constructing might collapse anytime, they added.

The state of the constructing is deteriorating with every passing day attributable to ecological impacts, torrential rains, earthquakes and wind storms.

The haveli is at present owned by Haji Muhammad Israr, a rich jeweller within the metropolis.

The provincial authorities needed to purchase the haveli conserving in view its historic significance and preserve it in its unique form for the vacationers.

Israr, nevertheless, needs to demolish the constructing and assemble a brand new industrial constructing at this prime location.

He made three/4 makes an attempt previously to demolish the constructing however couldn’t do it as FIRs had been registered in opposition to him by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Heritage Department.

There had been experiences that the provincial authorities has did not convert the constructing right into a museum attributable to variations with its proprietor over its worth.

Israr, the proprietor of the haveli, has denied that he had any problem with the federal government over the value of the property, estimated to be over Rs 5 crore.

He mentioned he merely needed to demolish the haveli and assemble an enormous industrial market on the website.

“I have sufficient money to cater to my needs. I supply around three to four maund (120kg to 160kg) gold a week to the Peshawar biggest jewellery market,” he mentioned.

Local residents worry that the constructing might robotically collapse until the federal government takes well timed motion to preserve it.

“It is a matter of concern that the ‘Kapoor Haveli’ which we consider as the pride of our city is in dilapidated condition and is fast heading to the disappearance because of being ignored,” mentioned Mujeeb-ur-Rehman, a resident of Dhaki Nalbandi the place the palatial home is situated.

Mujeeb mentioned that he was a teen when late Rishi Kapoor and Randhir Kapoor had visited their ancestral house within the early 90s.

Shakeel Waheedullah, Secretary Cultural Heritage Council Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, expressed remorse over the dilapidated situation of the home.

The “Kapoor Haveli” was constructed by Basheswarnath Kapoor, the daddy of Bollywood pioneer Prithviraj Kapoor.

The Kapoor household, initially from Peshawar in Pakistan, migrated to India after the partition in 1947.

In 1990, Rishi Kapoor, together with brother Randhir Kapoor, visited their ancestral house the place his grandfather, Prithviraj and his father Raj Kapoor, had been born. PTI

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