The Punjab government on Tuesday told the Punjab and Haryana high court that it proposed to spend Rs 100 crore, received from the Centre, for preserving century-old heritage across the state, including conservation of buildings such as Patiala's Qila Mubarak.
The information was submitted during resumed hearing of a case in which justice Ranjit Singh of the high court had taken a serious note of media reports highlighting the state government's apathy in preserving heritage buildings such as Qila Mubarak in Patiala and the Patiala central jail.
The court was informed that there was no proposal to demolish Qila Mubarak or the central jail and that the selection process of technical consultants was likely to be completed shortly for taking forward restoration work of historical monuments.
The state government also clarified that funds were also being made available for proper care and protection of various other monuments in Patiala, including Medal Gallery and Sheesh Mehal, that have been declared protected monuments.
The case came up for hearing before the division bench comprising chief justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and justice Rakesh Kumar Jain. Adjourning the case for May 3, the court appointed advocate HC Arora as amicus curiae (friend of the court) to assist the court as to whether the state government's efforts to preserve Qila Mubarak were fruitful.