Dilapidated and vandalised by land sharks 150 year old Gole Mahal has been finally declared as ‘heritage site’ by the Jammu and Kashmir Government.
Located in the Hazauribagh area of Talab Tillo on the outskirts of Jammu the Gole Mahal was built by Dogra kings. The heritage building was gifted by Maharaja Hari Singh along with the estate to his granddaughter Jyoti Singh.
Sheikh Mohd Abdullah, former Chief Minister and grandfather of the present Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, and Bakshi Gulam Mohammad were kept in detention in Gole Mahal besides other top leaders of the state during Emergency.
A portion of the archaic structure was razed to ground by the property dealer in a bid to grab the prime property.
Heritage lovers and local residents in the area had strongly protested the actions of the property dealer and pressure was mounted on the state government not to ignore the maintenance of the heritage property.
One of such protesters had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the J&K High Court
Responding to this PIL, the Division Bench of State High Court comprising Chief Justice M M Kumar and Justice Hasnain Massodi in December end last year had ordered status quo with regard to construction on the land near or underneath the 150 years old Gole Mahal.
The Division Bench had ordered that status-quo with regard to construction on the land near or underneath the Mahal should be maintained. The court had also directed the state to take effective steps to ensure that any property dealer, contractor or builder did not change the nature of the building or the land any further.