Badshahpur Baoli in Gurgaon Threatened By “Development Plan”: We Must Save This Heritage!

Ridhima Bajaj

India is a country of rich cultural heritage: which sounds just a slogan now. Already india is loosing its unprotected heritage to a vast extend. Built heritage masters program of Sushant school of Architecture at Ansal university undertook a project of documenting and proposing a revival strategy for a Baoli in Badshahpur, Gurgaon. Last week that is 12th January 2017 students of masters program, Ketki, Shubham, Tanya pandey and sonakshi visited the site and photo documented it.

The baoli is one of the very few remaining historic structures in rapid development of the region. Surprisingly baoli stands in a Very intact condition and has huge potential for revival and serving community space. In midst of massive road developments and modern infrastructure coming up it is one of the extant structures which is manifestation of historic significance of the region

In a road development plan proposed in the area to link sohna extension to Kadarpur road the baoli was under threat. On 18th January 2017 students along with the dean, Ms. Vibhuti sachdeva and faculty members Parul Munjal, Ridhima Bajaj and Piyush Das went for a regular site visit with an aim to document the structure when the structure was found to be filled with sand as process of road development.

The structure ideally needs to be identified as heritage structure and notified in the master plan, so that we do not loose more of historic sites which are markers of the significance of our past. The process can still be stopped and site can be revived back to its original shape and condition. Authorities and our government urgently need to take an action on the matter.

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