The Indian Heritage Hotels Association (IHHA) and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) have approached the government of Rajasthan demanding immediate action to stop the destruction of heritage in the Shekhawati region at the hands of vested interests. acquired.
The leadership of IHHA and INTACH met with senior officials from the state’s Department of Tourism and Culture last week and demanded swift and strong action to stop the destruction of art, culture and culture. centuries-old culture and heritage of the region.
“The Shekhawati region is an open-air art gallery that boasts over 2000 iconic structures with rich paintings and centuries-old artwork. These are spread in districts like Sikar, Jhunjhunu and part of Churu,” said Randhir Vikram Singh, Chairman of IHHA, owner of the famous Mandawa Castle in Jhunjhunu. “No place in the world can one see such unique paintings, art and architecture,” he added.
Many of these iconic havelis and castles are in disrepair and are taking advantage of the situation to have people with commercial real estate interests buy them up and disdainfully demolish them to build commercial structures.
If this is allowed to continue, the area will lose its heritage character within a few years, conservationists fear.
Once destroyed, no one can recreate these beautiful heritage gems. Therefore, these iconic facades that give character to the area needed to be protected and preserved, Singh said.
“People looking for quick returns buy these assets and destroy them. Few havelis have already been demolished,” he added. Conservationists want people to restore these structures and use them for whatever purpose they see fit.
Singh said there are a number of laws that prohibit the demolition of such iconic structures, but people flout these rules at will. Therefore, IHHA requested the government to alert the district administration to act within the existing rules and regulations.
Singh also added that the association wants the government to pass additional legislation if needed to strengthen the conservation of heritage structures in the state.
Lately, the Shekhawati region has started attracting many domestic and international tourists due to its unique architecture and heritage. Therefore, activities that have an impact on the identity and character of the region must be nipped in the bud.