8 December 2022

Dehradun: In a major upset for heritage lovers , the Dehradun district administration on Monday razed an al most century – old structure that was built during colonial times to serve as a ticket ghar ‘ for the proposed tram service in Doon .

The building , located near Dilaram Bazaar on Rajpur Road , was demolished under the Smart City drive to widen the road that connects Dehradun with Mussoorie . Heri tage activists said that in stead of demolishing thebuilding , which was a part of the town’s history , an alternative plan could have been worked out to conserve the structure for future generations . LokeshOhri , convener of the Uttarakhand chapter of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage ( INTACH ) , said that it was a moment of profound grief for the citizens of Dehradun .

Century - old ' ticket - ghar '
Century – old ‘ ticket – ghar ‘

” The administration has no understanding of cultural context and heritage value . To them , if a building is not protected by ASI , it is worth bulldozing . They do not understand even the spirit and values of The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains ( AMASR ) , ” he said .

Act A tea stall vendor , Sonu Kumar , who runs his kiosk adjacent to the erstwhile ‘ ticket – ghar ‘ said , ” We had a lot of memories attached with building since child hood . To make the city ‘ smart ‘ , either the trees are being axed or such heritage structures razed which is not good . “

Incidentally , the administration had been provided evidence by activists , proving the structure’s heritage value but still , the centuries old structure was demolished .

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