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After Ganj, get set for Qaiserbagh makeover

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, June 18, 2013
First Published: 11:05 IST(18/6/2013) | Last Updated: 11:11 IST(18/6/2013)

After Hazratganj, it's time to beautify the Qaiserbagh heritage zone. And the district administration is already ready with a plan to revamp the area dating back to mutiny days. As per the plan, all the landmarks from Qaiserbagh circle (quadrangle) to Parivartan Chowk -Amirudaulah library, Safed Baradari, Bhatkhande Music Institute, Eastern and Western Qaiserbagh gates-- would be given a facelift.

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“The idea is to make the area, especially the Nawabi era monuments, attractive for tourists,” said divisional commissioner Sanjiv Saran, who discussed the plan with officials at a meeting, in a press communiqué on Monday.

After the renovation is over, the administration also contemplates to organise cultural evenings in the heritage zone on October 27-28. The area would be kept open for visitors for an evening walk between 6 pm and 10 pm. Saran has directed the officials to repair roads, sewer lines, electricity poles and make the area encroachment free. A special traffic plan is also being contemplated for the area.

Qaiserbagh (emperor's garden) is a complex in Old city. Wajid Ali Shah (1847-1856), the last nawab of Lucknow, visualized a palace complex, Qaiserbagh, which amalgamated all the intricacies of a paradise garden.

After the first war of Independence in 1857, the British ordered the demolition of Qaiserbagh, as it was the stronghold of the nawabs under the leadership of Begum Hazrat Mahal, who had assumed leadership after her husband, Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, who was exiled in 1856. The archeological marvel Qaiserbagh quadrangle comprising six symmetrical buildings is the gateway to old city. Not only do these passages connect to important city locations, they also lead to 16 districts of Awadh.


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