NAROWAL: A gathering of local people halfway wrecked a four-story hundreds of years old structure supposedly with the intrigue of auqaf office authorities and even sold its valuable windows, entryways and ventilators.
The structure appears to have been built more than four centuries back in town Bathanwala, 20 kilometers from here, on New Lahore Road.
Its development contained old blocks, sand, earth and limestone. There were 16 enormous rooms in the structure all of which had in any event three excellent entryways and at any rate four ventilators.
The rooms were developed with enormous wide dividers with cabinets in them that had wooden entryways with blooms cut on them.
Every one of the rooms were vaporous and their dividers had little light nooks in them. Diyar wood light emissions sizes were utilized in the rooftops; the wood costs a large number of rupees per foot.
DC, ETPB, building ‘proprietor’ ignorant regarding its possession
The three-foot-wide and tough dividers encompassing the structure were made of little old blocks in lovely plans and complicatedly painted with pictures of Baba Guru Nanak, the originator of Sikhism; just as of different Hindu rulers and rulers. There were stairs on three of the four sides of the structure going up to the rooftop.
A neighborhood inhabitant, Muhammad Aslam, stated: “This old structure is known as the Palace of Baba Guru Nanak and we have named it Mahalan. Various Sikhs from over the world, including India, used to visit this structure.”
He further guaranteed that once a six-part assignment, including a lady conveying an enormous book with data about the chronicled structure, had come here from Canada. The appointment was elated at visiting the site as though they had discovered a fortune.
Another neighborhood, Muhammad Ashraf, stated: “The auqaf office was educated about the pulverization of the structure by some persuasive people, yet no officer or authority made any move or even come to here.”
He additionally asserted: “Three accounts of the structure have just been annihilated and new houses built. The influentials have crushed the structure with the intrigue of the auqaf office and sold its expensive windows, entryways, ventilators and wood.”
With an end goal to decide the legitimate status of the structure, find its proprietors or discover which government office kept up its record, this reporter contacted different authorities, however obviously everybody appeared to be dumbfounded – from the agent chief, Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) to the family that lived in the structure.
Muhammad Anwar professed to be the proprietor of the structure who, alongside some other relatives, was additionally behind its obliteration. He guaranteed that after Partition his progenitors began living in this structure where his family kept on dwelling. “I don’t have the foggiest idea about whose property this structure is as we have been living here for ages. We decimated it since it was in a perilous, frail condition,” he included.
Narowal Deputy Commissioner Waheed Asghar, who is responsible for the record of all properties in the district, stated: “There is no notice of this structure in the income record. As it was by all accounts authentic, we are checking the city council’s record.”
He said he had halted the destruction of the structure.
ETPB Sialkot zone Rent Collector Rana Waheed stated: “Our group is exploring the Guru Nanak Mahal Bathanwala. In the event that this royal residence was the property of Evacuee Trust Property Board, lawful move will be made against those mindful.”
He further said that any property of the ETPB, which was leased, couldn’t be wrecked or anything built on it without authorization.
Local people requested Prime Minister Imran Khan take quick notice of the annihilation of this ‘legacy site’ and make a move against the individuals who obliterated it.