July, 2016

Sikanderbagh in Lucknow to get lease of life

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Credits : Jigyasa Mishra /TNN

The western wall of Sikanderbagh, which withstood the brazen attack of British cannons, couldn’t stand the test of time. To save it from further deterioration, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has initiated a restoration exercise. Once that’s done, the wall would add to the beauty of the garden built for Begum Sikander Mahal, wife of Wajid Ali Shah, the last Nawab of Avadh. Despite acquiring the status of ‘protected’ site way back in 1920, it is for the first time that it would be restored.

Part of National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), the wall is to be restored by uprooting the Lakhauri bricks and fixing them back, again, with lime and mortar. The first step towards restoration has already been taken with the shrubs and vegetation over the monumental wall removed. This will be followed by strengthening and cornering of the wall which would take another six months.

Meanwhile, the gaping holes that are proof of the 1857 battle would be left untouched. The gate in the middle of the 140-meter long and 2.5 feet thick wall is also in a bad condition. The summer house and garden is home to over 100 rare species of plants.