SRINAGAR: Archeological Survey of India (ASI) has finally begun construction of ancient wall near Mazar-e-Salatin which was damaged by the last year’s flood.
The collapse of this ancient wall along the river Jehlum near Zaina Kadal had exposed vast stretch of the nearby graveyard-also housing the ancient tomb of the mother of 15th century Kashmiri emperor Sultan Zain-ul- Abideen (Budshah).
The delay in start of this construction, according to locals, was due to a tussle between the Irrigation and Flood Control Department (IFCD) and the ASI.
They said that while the IFCD had planned to construct a concrete wall, ASI wanted that its structure to be rebuilt on the previous pattern.
Ishtiyaq Ahmad, one of the locals, told Kashmir Reader appreciated the reconstruction of the wall.
“Reconstruction of this wall will save the rest of the graveyard, but it should have been started early.”
An ASI official, wishing not to be named, said that the area is under the surveillance of ASI. “We could not have allowed a construction on modern lines for the archaeological importance of this wall,” he said.
“The ancient wall, made of composite stone masonry, was upto 50 meter long and 10 m in height with a base of 4.5 m,” he said.
The official said that the wall will be rebuild it on its former pattern and “once completed, it will match with the surrounding structures.”
About the strength of the new structure, the official said that traditional techniques will be employed to rebuild the wall. “Let’s hope that it lasts for few more many centuries.”