Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa authorities on Saturday permitted the discharge of Rs 2.35 crore to purchase the ancestral houses of legendary Bollywood actors Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor positioned within the coronary heart of this metropolis and declared because the nationwide heritages. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmud Khan formally permitted the proposal, permitting the authorities involved to purchase the ancestral ‘Havelis’ at a price decided by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Communication and Works Department (C&W) just a few weeks again.
Deputy Commissioner of Peshawar Muhammad Ali Asghar, following a report of the Communication and Works Department, has fastened the worth of Dilip Kumar’s 4 marla (101 sq. metre) home for Rs 80.56 lakh whereas that of Raj Kapoor’s six marla home (151.75 sq. metre) for Rs 1.50 crore. Marla, a standard unit of space utilized in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, is taken into account as equal to 272.25 sq. ft or 25.2929 sq. metres.
After procurement, each the houses will likely be transformed right into a museum by the KP archaeology division. The archaeology division had despatched a proper request to the provincial authorities for releasing over Rs 2 crore for buying each the historic buildings, the place the 2 greats of the Indian cinema have been born and raised of their early days earlier than the Partition.
Raj Kapoor’s ancestral residence, often known as Kapoor Haveli, is located within the fabled Qissa Khwani Bazar. It was constructed between 1918 and 1922 by the legendary actor’s grandfather Dewan Basheswarnath Kapoor.
Raj Kapoor and his uncle Trilok Kapoor have been born within the constructing. It has been declared nationwide heritage by the provincial authorities. Veteran actor Dilip Kumar’s over 100-year-old ancestral home can be positioned in the identical locality.
The home is in shambles and was declared as a nationwide heritage in 2014 by the then Nawaz Sharif authorities.
The house owners of the 2 buildings made a number of makes an attempt prior to now to demolish them for setting up business plazas in view of their prime location however all such strikes have been stopped because the archaeology division needed to protect them, maintaining in view their historic significance.