Th­ese de­serve the same ten­der lov­ing care that Mughal and other me­dieval era struc­tures get

The Economic Times - - Saturday Feature -

The col­lapse of a part of a build­ing in New Delhi’s Con­naught Place this week high­lights the cav­a­lier at­ti­tude of both peo­ple and gov­ern­ments to­wards old struc­tures. We sanc­ti­mo­niously re­fer to them as “her­itage” but do not have that in­trin­sic con­nect and em­pa­thy with th­ese ven­er­a­ble struc­tures that per­sonal lega­cies en­gen­der.

In 2013, a much younger struc­ture - Khan Mar­ket - also had a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent when the roofs of two floors of Ritu Ku­mar’s new store col­lapsed. There was a hue and cry for a while and the mar­ket’s traders also pointed out to a lack of proper main­te­nance but again noth­ing con­crete - pun in­tended - was done to pre­vent

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