The existence of a heritage stepwell is in question since the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) is likely to build a sector road on it.
The existence of a heritage stepwell is in question since the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) is likely to build a sector road on it. Senior officials of HUDA on Friday will visit the heritage site which is believed to have been built 1905 and will decide whether or not to make way for the sector road near the busy Sohna Road in Gurgaon. The residents of Badshahpur don’t seem to be pleased as well. They have been expressing their displeasure over the prospect. The fear that the baoli in their village would be lost forever. HUDA administrator Yashpal Yadav confirmed that officials would assess the situation over the weekend and determine their course of action. “Our executive engineer is visiting the spot on Friday, and I intend to undertake a visit on Saturday. We will see what the course of the road is and whether or not the stepwell would be on the intended route. But we hope to preserve the structure and find a way to complete our project without building over it,” said Yadav.
But students and faculty of Gurgaon-based Ansal University’s Sushant School of Art and Architecture are of the opinion that the process of building the road has already begun which will lead to the burying down of the step well soon. “Since our research project, the area has changed drastically, with the catchment area being built upon. We conducted two visits within three days this week and even in that gap, work had progressed. When we went on Thursday, there were trucks and bulldozers dumping sand into the stepwell to cover it up,” said a faculty member, who did not wish to be named.
Badshahpur is also home to a 16th-century Mughal era fort structure. The resident of the area has also confirmed that the construction work has already started. While some rued the loss of the stepwell, which they see as an integral part of their history, others said they looked forward to better connectivity to the rest of the district.