Savita Raje (holding a bag) with
probationary officers of the Bihar State Administrative
Services conducting Heritage Walk in Bhopal
Bhopal: Sixteen probationary
officers of the Bihar State Administrative Services, who are in
Bhopal on a training schedule, participated in a Heritage Walk in
the walled city on Sunday.
The Heritage Walk was conducted for the officers by Prof. Savita
Raje, Registrar of Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology,
(MANIT), Bhopal, and president of Living Heritage Alliance. The
visiting officers are from the Bihar Public Administration and
Rural Development Institute who are on a Field Visit and Training
programme organized by the RCVP Naronha Academy of Administration
and Management, Bhopal.
The Heritage Walk was conducted in three legs, starting from Kamla
Park and ending at Islamnagar. The Heritage Walk, along with the
visit to various buildings and places, duly connected the built
spaces with the intangible aspects of various true story-lines
meeting together in Bhopal, starting from the early 11th century
AD. The story line beginning from Raja Bhoj and his lake-making
talent and mission, to that of Bhopal state founder Nawab Dost
Muhammed Khan (from Afghanistan), the rule of four Begums, to the
last Royal Buorbon of France and the final merger with the Indian
Republic was told through the walk.
The hydraulic systems ranging from that of Upper Lake and the
massive lake of Bhojpur, Kolans River, Upper Lake, Lower Lake and
Patra Nala. The Patra Nala was given as an example of what
insensitive planning does to a healthy River. Patra Nala was a
river flowing graciously and merrily through Bhopal. The trainees
were urged to play their extremely important role in the
conservation of natural heritage in their places of work.
The hydraulic systems of the Hammam and the fountains in the canal
at Islamnagar were also explained. The description of the unique
design conception was explained in the case of Gauhar Mahal,
Havelis, Shahjahanbad and Islamnagar. The walk showcased the royal
enclave of the historic city of Bhopal, the residences of the
erstwhile ministers, the religious architecture, the urban design
of Shahjahanbad and the historical buildings of Islamnagar.
The participants were amazed at the treasure of the city and were
full of curiosity about the historic city.
“These Officers can play an extremely important role in the
safeguarding of the urban, rural and natural heritage which can
facilitate the quality of life in the cities and surrounds. The
heritage-based development is the need of the day and the future”,
said Prof. Savita Raje.