Friday, May 14

The demolition man in Bhopal. Shri Babulal Gaur

The Bhopal Heritage Foundation called for a reactionary protest against the order of the urban development minister Babulal Gaur who on April 1 announced that three old buildings of the city (Sheesh Mahal, Old post Office and Jumerati Gate) will be demolished to make way for parking area in the market. The member demanded the calling of the orders, realizing the historicity of these buildings to save them is much easy then destroying them with better options. The foundation gathered with locals and the shop owners who were around 200 in number together.

The Sheesh Mahal is part of the khirniwala maidan complex. It was constructed in times of Nawab Sikander Begum of Bhopal to accommodate the state guests who visited Bhopal on royal visits. It is the building where Iqbal the poet wrote his masterpieces dedicated to the nation. This royal guest house was the residence of celebrated poet Fazal Tabhish of Bhopal. The building houses the old art school of Bhopal of Zari Zardosi established by Nawab Sultan Jahan Begum of Bhopal. The producer Ismail Merchant used the city palace complex for the incustody movie. The unique blend of Indo-French architecture is a example of architectural heritage.

The old post office was a part of the unique postal system of Bhopal that was modernized by the Begum of Bhopal Nawab Sikander Begum. Later the postal services were consolidated in times of Nawab Shahjehan Begum and consolidated postal services were introduced in the former Bhopal state. This building is now in a dilipidated state due to negligence.
Jumerati gate was one among the several gates that were erected by Sardar Dost Muhammad khan the founder of Bhopal. This gate is a living legend of city’s history built around 1720. It defended the Bhopal city during the siege of Bhopal. The gate is the only part of the Sher-i-khas which is curbed by the rising encroachments and is facing the brunt of the insane authorities.

Protests  were on
The protest went on for a week. Letters were sent to the PM and Mr Advani to intervene.RTI application were files at the PWD office and Nagar Nigam office to get the Facts to produce in court.  Shri Babulal Gaur  message was written in City Bhaskar on April 9th . An alternative will be sen for parking and the old heritage properties will not be demolished.

April 19th The Nagar Nigam Officers misbehaved with women of Zari Center (Sheesh Mahal) They Forcibly entered and Vandalized the center. Had to run away after the Activists leading the  anti demolition campaign  reached and asked to produce written orders along with media.

A Complaint was lodged in Madhya Pradesh Women Commission against Nagar Nigam Team

Meanwhile an appeal was made in the High Court and a notice was served to Govt.
The Latest update 

In the Parking lott a Madir has been raised.

Will some one say something?


  1. Please dont target mandir atleast. Ur protest is valid but dont connect it with Dharma.
    Sachin Dev Tripathi
    Software Engineer

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