Decks being cleared to declare Jalali House as heritage site

Decks being cleared to declare Jalali House as heritage site

The house boasts of hosting Qaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir high court on Friday was informed by the state government that Jalali Haveli is likely to be declared as heritage site after processing the entire documents.
The compliance report filed by Director Archives, Archaeology and Museums, Mohammad Shafi Zahid stated in the report that the opinion of the committee was in favour of declaring the building as ‘heritage building’ under the heritage Conservation and Preservation Act 2010 and can be used as site museum also. “It is recommended that the case may also be processed for declaration,” the report said.
The report said that the process for declaration has been initiated and the revenue papers of the Jalali Haweli have been collected from the revenue department.
“The requisite documents are being forwarded to the government (department of culture) for consideration of declaration of Jalali Haweli as heritage site, “the report stated.
The 125 year old Jalali Haweli has hosted Pakistan founder Qaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah among many other dignitaries before the 1947 partition.
The house located at Gazidor, Zadibal in downtown Srinagar, was constructed by Syed Hussain Shah Jalali, a prominent noble of the 19th Century which served as Dewan-Khana or meeting place for men.
Elder Jalali played an important part in the socio-cultural life of the region and remained associated with the freedom struggle against the Dogra rule, said the committee comprising of department’s Assistant Director Mushtaq Ahmad Beigh, Peer Mohammad Iqbal (curator SPS Museum) and Ehsan-ul-Haq (junior engineer).
The house consists of a rectangular three storey twelve tag building oriented along the east-west axis with the main entrance located to the right of the centre along the main southern facade.
The building mainly consists of huge halls on all three floors with a smaller side room located on the other side of the staircase lobby.
Khatamband ceiling has been used in almost all the floors.
In addition, it has side room (Koother) and a long narrow gallery (Shah-nasheen) by means of varusi. Exposed wooden joists at all the floor levels help to emphasize the horizontal nature of the building. Khatamband ceiling and painted Naqqashi-work used internally in most of the rooms stand out as the most distinct decorative feature of the building.
A regular arrangement of pointed arched window openings with Pinjrakari work gives the building an impressive appearance.
‘Dharshandher’ flanked by rectangular lattice work screens and two octagonal dubs with intricate detailing on the second floor lend a rich tone to the building.
If the Jalali Haweli was declared heritage building, it would the second structure to be declared historic after Sadder court.
Meanwhile court directed the state counsel to file updated status report with regard to declaration of Jalali Haweli as heritage site four days prior to next date of hearing.
Assistant Solicitor General, Tahir Majid Shamsi informed court that with regard to CBI investigation in retrieving the Holy Quran calligraphed by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb was in process and it would be submitted on next hearing.
The court directed that updated report be filed before next date of hearing.


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