Jaipur: The havelis of Hindu-Mughal architecture in Rajasthan, which were once proudly owned by former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi who was axed due to involvement in massive misappropriation of funds, would now be declared as national heritage.  Considering these havelis located in Amer City as national heritage, the state government has decided to declare them as protected monuments.

According to the sources, the decision to include the Chhabra and Bairathi havelis in the list of protected monuments was taken in a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary S Ahmed along with Municipal Corporation and Amer Development Management Authority (ADMA) officials last month. The state government has now completed all formalities to issue a notification in this regard.

It is to be noted that due to rising controversy on Modi’s havelis, the state government declared them as government’s property and conferred its ownership to the Municipal Corporation.

The AMDA had sent the proposal to the Archaeological Department which has been finally approved by the state government.

After they are declared as protected monuments, the Archaeological Department plans to carry out broad restoration programme to repair and renovate its paintings, archs, vaults, lattice and spiracles.

The state government has also prepared the proposal to include the Nataniyon ki haveli in the list of protected monuments, which will soon be forwarded to the government.

For the record, Lalit Modi during the BJP rule had bought these havelis in the name of his relatives or had acquired them on lease for 99 years. However, the new Congress Chief Minister after scrutinising the decisions of the previous government took this decision.

(JPN/Bureau)