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Raghuwar Bhawan, Gol Kothi & Bangla Fazilka (Punjab) get heritage status
A long pending demand of residents of Fazilka to give heritage status to Raghuwar Bhawan, Gol Kothi & Bangla (DC residence)of Fazilka got a nod from the Department of Cultural Affairs, Archaeology and Museums, Punjab Government through its notification with the sincere efforts of Manjit Singh Brar, Deputy Commissioner.

With the heritage status to Raghuwar Bhawan, Gol Kothi & Bangla (DC residence) of Fazilka, these buildings would now be looked after by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Archaeology and Museums and its inheritance look will be retained by its proper caretaking.

It may be mentioned that local residents have launched a drive to save a 113-year-old building, Raghuvar Bhawan, and seek heritage status for it. Led by social activist Lachhman Dost, the residents daily gather before the dilapidated building. They have also tied an iron chain around the building, flashing a message "Save it from total ruin".

The building was constructed in 1901 by late Seth Munshi Ram Aggarwal, a philanthropist, in the memory of one of his relatives. He raised a garden spread over 16.36 acres of prime land on the Freedom Fighter Road around the building for cultural activities. He later constituted Lala Munshi Ram Aggarwal Public Trust and dedicated the property for promotion of educational activities.

The notifications have been issued on 21, 29 and 30 October, 2014 for Raghuwar Bhawan, Gol Kothi & Bangla (DC residence) Fazilka and under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 1964 for the preservation of ancient and historical monuments and archaeological sites and remains of national importance.

In view of the interest of the local residents and initiative by the district administration by taking personal interest, the Punjab Government has issued the notification for declaring the heritage status to these buildings.

The action of the government for this historical decision has been welcomed by NGOs, religious institutions, youth clubs, educationists and intellectuals. Deputy Commissioner, Manjit Singh Brar also thanked the Punjab Government for this effort.

Expressing his pleasures on the issue of notification by the Punjab Government, Brar, Deputy Commissioner said, "Efforts would be made to get the heritage status also to other more than 100 years old buildings in the district so that coming generations could be put wiser about their heritage history."

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