Historical Havelis on verge of collapse
Among the historical
mansions in Jaisalmer on the verge of collapse is the Salim Singh
Ki Haveli. The rear portion of the 300 year-old haveli, whose
most interesting part is its narrow base upon which the upper
portions have been built much wider, collapsed due to the tremors
on January 26. Still, tourists, mostly foreigners, continue to
be attached to it. As they arrive in great numbers to see this
historic monument, the administration can only watch helplessly.
building in yet-low stone covered with intricate carvings, the
Patwon ki haveli, is also in shambles as is Salim Singh Ki Haveli.
One of its portion is out of bounds for the tourists as its collapse
is imminent. Interestingly, a writer from an England-based newspaper
in his story India's dream castle in the sands has written in
1999 itself, " In 1993, a decade after I first saw it, nine
of Salim Singh haveli's balconies had collapsed during a severe