Dotting the lanes of old Delhi are havelis that once stood out for their imposing doorways, marble arches and distinguished occupants. But that was decades ago. Ravaged by time and with no formal restoration plan in place, the grand structures are barely recognisable today. The Indian Express visits 12 mansions to understand how financial constraints and official apathy is eroding the capital's heritage
Even as North DMC Mayor Adesh Gupta said, “It’s our moral responsibility to protect heritage buildings,” a few haveli owners expressed how “it’s unfair to list our homes as heritage properties without consulting us”.
Overhead wires are being concealed as part of a recent beautification plan in Old Delhi. Singh, whose team is part of the project, has a lot to deal with: tangled wires, angry bystanders and a looming deadline.
In the bylanes of the bazaar, it was routine to see hungry customers dodging rickshaws and fellow passersbys to make a beeline to the shop, famed for its mouthwatering 'Sohan halwa' and 'Karachi halwa', which "tasted like pure ghee."