While the whole country is celebrating on Mumbai’s Victorian and Art Deco Ensembles getting inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, heritage lovers in Bhopal have gone into mourning mode for losing 18th century structure, Zeenat Mahal. Zeenat Mahal, a structure more than 200 years old, was brought down to rubble two days ago in Bhopal. Thus, Bhopal lost another heritage structure as nobody took responsibility for the upkeep the building.
According to official reason, recent heavy rains which lashed the city few days ago had brought cracks on the structure and would have collapsed anyways which would have caused damage to the nearby structures too. In the recent past some of the bricks from the monument had fallen on the minaret of an adjacent mosque. This incident had given support to the belief that allowing the structure to continue in the present condition would have endangered the adjacent buildings too. So its demolition was ordered thus bringing an end to an era.
Bhopal has a unique architecture in the form of arches, turrets and balconies. Amongst the monuments constructed during the Nawab Legacy of Bhopal is the Shaukat Mahal, a blend of French and Islamic Nature which was demolished three years ago. Heritage lovers have been asking the government to pass a law prohibiting new construction on the sites of heritage importance. But nothing has happened so far and Bhopal is losing one after another heritage structures at regular intervals.