‘Accumulation of stagnant water could actually harm the monument’

Among the few world-famous monuments in Bijapur’s pocket, the Ibrahim Roza is part of the legacy left behind by the Adil Shahi dynasty, one of the architectural monuments built in and around the city.

The mausoleum of Ibrahim Adil Shah II (1580-1627), it was designed by one of the most revered Persian architects of that era, Malik Sandal. Interestingly, his tomb also has a place in the monument.

Despite its history and significance, the exquisite structure is now surrounded by filth, dirt and stagnating rainwater.

The monument, which is rapidly becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes and similar vermin, needs immediate attention from the authorities. Many have complained about the absence of a proper drainage system before; several engineers believe that the accumulation of stagnating water could actually harm the foundations of the structure.

When contacted, Anandateertha, Assistant Conservator, Archeological Survey of India (ASI), said that ASI had written letters to the district administration and the city municipal council on this matter.

“We have asked the authorities to at least get the filth drained, but no action was taken,” he said.

Other monuments in the city are also suffering from a variety of problems; some have even become garbage dumping grounds. “ASI maintains the monuments, but the responsibility of keeping the surroundings clean falls to the CMC,” he said.

Mr. Anandateertha added that he would write to the district administration again.

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