Maharaja Ranjit Singh's ancestral mansion was demolished in Pakistan, officials announced to make it a safe tourist spot

Maharaja Ranjit Singh's ancestral mansion was demolished in Pakistan, officials announced to make it a safe tourist spot

The roof of the ancestral mansion of Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Gujranwala city of Pakistan collapsed on Friday. Due to the constant apathy of the Government of Pakistan, this mansion has reached a dilapidated condition. A few days back, the visiting officials had declared the haveli safe to be converted into a historical tourist spot. The Assistant Commissioner of the district had announced to open it for tourists, especially Sikhs coming from India.

Sikh Empire First Maharaja

Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh was the first Maharaja of the Sikh Empire. He was born in this mansion on November 13, 1780. This haveli has great importance among the Sikhs around the world. It is a rectangular mansion. In the 18th century, this mansion was surrounded by greenery and open space, but today stands in the crowd of illegally built settlements. This mansion, once a symbol of the prosperity and glory of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, looks dilapidated today in a video shared by the locals.

Illegal market in front of haveli

A local said that the park was built in front of this mansion, and turned into a market now an illegal fish market. Although funds were allocated several times to repair its mansion, the repairs did not take place. Its fall shows the negligence of the officials.

The haveli collapsed due to negligence

The ancestral haveli of Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh was declared a protected building by the Archaeological Department of Pakistan, although even after converting this historical haveli into a tourist place, the authorities did not come here to look after it. The government released funds from time to time for its repair but it was not utilized.

The government made the haveli a dump yard

According to several reports, the Pakistani government had converted an area of ‚Äč‚Äčthis mansion into a garbage dump, although the government later removed the garbage dump. But later this place was used for parking. It is known that the ground floor of this building was used as a police station for many years after its partition.

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