I hail the administration and the concerned department for taking the initiative towards the conservation of the Mughal heritage, the Qalai but still a lot needs to be done.
Presently, Qalai at some places is being repaired and painted, this is a job worth appreciation but until and unless the illegal houses surrounding Qalai are not shifted, it is of no value.
The Qalai is of great importance for us, like the Great Wall is for China.
As per the historians, our heritage wall dates back to 16th century when the Mughal emperor Akbar built it around the then City Naagar Nagar which has the fort of Koh-i-maraan at its top.
This wall provided protection to the houses of princes, nobles, officers and was a security cover for the fort but now the great wall itself requires protection from the encroachers.
Such are the conditions that most part of the heritage wall is presently missing, its stones have been excavated and the other parts have developed large cracks.
Instead of removing the encroachments what we see is the increase in the number of illegal houses coming up there.
Heritage is a mirror of different ways of lives and habits, in other words, different cultures and eras of the mankind and the society. A well preserved heritage enables communities to learn about the history of that particular place.
Therefore, it is important to preserve the heritage sites and monuments because it has the potential to improve the economy of our state.
Bemina Degree College
(The ideas expressed are authorís own)
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