Proposal to transform Dilip Kumar’s ancestral home into nationwide heritage termed ‘unfeasible’

Dilip Kumar with wife Saira Banu.Dilip Kumar with spouse Saira Banu.

The Division of Archaeology and Museums has turned down the federal government’s request to transform movie legend Dilip Kumar’s ancestral home in Peshawar right into a nationwide heritage, describing the concept as ‘unfeasible’.

Now it’s as much as Info and Nationwide Heritage Minister Pervaiz Rashid, who had obtained an order from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif earlier this week about designating the home as a heritage, to resolve the battle as a result of the Division of Archaeology is a nationwide heritage wing of his ministry.

Dilip Kumar’s Peshawar residence declared nationwide heritage

Info and Nationwide Heritage Secretary Mohammad Azam, who didn’t seem to concentrate on the reply given by the division, stated officers involved have been already in Peshawar to work on the proposed undertaking and put together a report on learn how to go about it.

Nevertheless, the Division of Archaeology and Museums has knowledgeable the ministry that it doesn’t assist acquisition of the home.

In a letter to the ministry, it stated the home was located in a extremely congested space and couldn’t be simply accessed by a road that was as slender as six ft and 33 ft lengthy making the strategy troublesome for guests.

“The home is completely unsuitable for conversion right into a museum or library being very small and congested,” it stated, elaborating that the home of three to 4 rooms was not protected beneath the Antiquities Act of 1975 both.

It additionally stated that the proprietor had demanded Rs80 million for the home in 2013, which may be greater now. Arguing towards sustainability of the undertaking, the division stated that the value was too excessive to buy the home for the very goal it was being acquired for.

The letter stated: “The Info, Public Relations and Tradition Division, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has termed it wastage of taxpayers’ cash.”

A supply within the ministry of heritage stated that even after its acquisition, important funds can be required for its preservation and reworking it right into a museum or a library, in addition to an enormous recurring expenditure. “The aim for which all this train is being finished is not going to be fulfilled.”

The supply stated that beneath the 18th Modification, acquisition of land was now a topic of the provincial authorities.

Underneath the 18th Modification, all nationwide monuments belonging to Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Allama Iqbal, and different nationwide heroes had been devolved to the provinces and there was no justification for buying a home by the federal authorities which was not even related to a nationwide hero, the supply stated.

Nonetheless, Info and Nationwide Heritage Secretary Mohammad Azam argued that Dilip Kumar may be an Indian nationwide however he belonged to Pakistan.

One in all his officers, Director, PID, Majeed Niazi described the home to be located on a land of 5 marlas, hidden in a congested and busy market.

“The gesture is to recognise the actor who truly belonged to Pakistan. We nonetheless have to go to the location and full a survey to accumulate the home, declare it protected beneath the Antiquities Act, 1975, earlier than enlisting it amongst nationwide heritage of Pakistan,” he stated.

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