This is the earliest of the colonial-style mansions built by Begum Samru, who held a fiefdom in Sardana (Meerut).
Lala Bhagirath Mal bought the haveli after her death. Till the 1970s, the family occupied the palatial mansion with 35 rooms, 2 chowks (courtyards) and even a tehkhana (cellar).
But the ghastly-looking building is now a shadow of its beautiful self. Central Bank of India occupies a major portion and ortions occupied by tenants have seen drastic alterations. Outside is the ever-increasing congestion .
Says Atul Gupta, grandson of Lala Bhagirath Mal, “Commercialisation prompted our family to shift to New Friends Colony in 1973-74. Maintenance is a huge problem here.”