Even as Delhi makes a bid for inclusion in the Unesco’s list of World Heritage City, an important piece of heritage — Ghalib Ki Haveli in the Walled City — underwent yet another attempt at encroachment by way of a carpentry workshop.
However, after the intervention of heritage activists and social workers, the encroachers were evicted from the Haveli, where Delhi’s stalwart poet lived from 1860-69.
M Nafees, general secretary of Youth Service Mission from Ballimaran area, along with other activists, noticed the illegal work inside the Haveli on Tuesday evening.
Three men were found working at a table with plywood and carpentry equipment strewn around the open courtyard inside the building housing the Haveli. It was discovered that a neighbour had employed them for carpentry work.
“Apart from this, old utensils and Urdu couplet boards too are missing,” Ahmed said.
Meanwhile, Keshav Chandra, director of Delhi government’s department of archaeology, remained unavailable for comment.