The government of Punjab orders to restore historic buildings of Rawalpindi as ‘cultural heritage’
A list of all the old buildings has been created by the administration, in which some are from the colonial era, and others are from the Mughal period. You can also find remnants of the Sikh empire there.
Rawalpindi: As per the orders of district administration, historic buildings in Rawalpindi that were built in the time of Mughal and British rule will now be preserved as a national heritage. The process of renovation and preservation will begin from the Bagh Sardaran gurdwara and Haveli Sujan Singh.
The government of Punjab has instructed the administration to pick out historic buildings in Rawalpindi that can be turned into a national heritage so they can attract tourists from the world and exhibit local culture. A list of all the old buildings has been created by the administration, in which some are from the colonial era, and others are from the Mughal period. You can also find remnants of the Sikh empire there.
One such building is Sujan Singh Haveli that is almost 129 years old. It is situated in Bhabara bazaar, somewhere in its narrow streets. The Haveli was initially built by Sardar Sujan Singh who was a Sikh politician. Sujan Singh Haveli and Prince Palace (now Fatima Jinnah Women University) on the mall road are owned by the same person.
This amazing building was built in the early 1890s, and it still remains a perfect example of stunning architecture. The veranda at the front of the building faces the narrow street, while there are wings on both sides of the building and its central entrance is right in the center of those wings.
FJWU had the custody of the building:
Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) had custody of this building, but it wasn’t utilized. According to sources, the university once planned to make a school for heritage, culture, architecture, and arts for women. Sadly, it remained a plan and wasn’t materialized.
One of the other buildings to be renovated and preserved is a gurdwara in Bagh Sardar. It was again built by Sardan Sujan Sikh, the Sikh politician and was a major praying place before partition. It also includes a library and a school.
A Sikh family constructed the gurdwara in a beautiful garden, which is nowhere to be found now because, after the partition, houses were built in the area. The building of gurdwara is currently leased to a specialized branch of the police.
As mentioned by Saifullah Dogar, Deputy Commissioner, a few experts would be visiting Rawalpindi from Lahore to assist the process of building preservation along with district administration.
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