Rehan Qayoom Mir
Srinagar, Jan 9: The historic Mughal-era Kalai, a structure nestled in downtown Srinagar, is confronting decay owing to the prolonged neglect.
Constructed during the reign of Emperor Akbar, this colossal wall surrounding a hill has weathered the test of time, symbolizing centuries of rich heritage.
Locals from Kathi Darwaaza and Makhdoom Sahab Srinagar area said that standing as a testament to the architectural brilliance of its era, the Kalai has been a silent witness to the passage of history.
However, years of negligence have taken a toll on this magnificent edifice, prompting concerns among locals regarding its gradual deterioration, they said.
They added that the community, cognizant of the Kalai’s significance as an integral part of Srinagar’s cultural legacy, is raising alarms, urging immediate attention and preservation measures from concerned authorities.
“The Kalai, a historical wall in downtown Srinagar, is in a dilapidated condition, with many parts on the verge of collapse and deteriorating contact,” said a local resident.
Hilal Ahmad Sofi, a member of the Welfare Coordination Committee and a local resident, said, “We would like to request the authorities to take proactive steps to safeguard and restore the Kalai to its glory.”
Mushtaq Beigh, Deputy Director of Archaeology department, when contacted, said that the project is already underway for restoration under the District Condition Implementation Committee.
He added, under the revival of heritage of Jammu and Kashmir, they have included this project and have also prepared a Detailed Project Report (DPR).
“In phase-II, work on the Kalai will commence, and the second phase might start in April, as we already have many ongoing projects and after the end of phase-I, the work on second phase will be started,” he added.