The Delhi government and other civic bodies have been directed by the Delhi High Court to respond to an artists plea seeking compensation for the damage caused to antique paintings in her art museum due to waterlogging recently.
Issuing notices to the Delhi government,the Delhi Development Authority and the PWD,Justice Manmohan directed them to file the reply within four weeks and posted hearing on the plea of Arpana Caur,who runs the Academy of Fine Arts and Literature,on November 8.
The court,in its order,also sought explanation from the civic officials as to how rainwater had entered the art museum and damaged old paintings,collected over period of decades. The academy is located in Siri Fort institutional area. The paintings,according to Caurs plea,were damaged in the waterlogging on July 20. Filing her plea through counsel M L Lahoty,Caur said the drain and the adjacent parking lot was flooded. The fury of the flood was so fierce that the wooden door of the academy came down and within less than a half-an-hour,6 to 8 feet of muddy water entered the entire lower part of the building. More than 200 rare folk paintings and 100 antique miniature paintings and sculptures were destroyed, Caur said in her petition.
Since the paintings remained submerged for hours,the pigment papers and canvas were torn apart and the natural colour used was wiped out, the petition said.