An appeal for Renovation of Neer Mahal in Particular, and All Heritage buildings thereof
September 23, 2022, 07:25:54
Neermahal (meaning (“a palace in water”) and the vast area of water
bodies called Rudrasagar were once the pride of Tripura.
The only palace
of its kind in the whole eastern region of India, Neermahal was built by the
Martin and Burn Company way back in 1930 in the centre of the 5.3 sq. km in
It was used as the summer resort of the erstwhile King Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya
Bahadur and others. A blend of Hindu-Muslim architecture, it is about 400
metres in length. This royal summer resort has 24 rooms, with provisions for
private quarters for the king and his family and for their retinue of servants.
The vast water area with its schools of jumping fish and the refreshing
unpolluted air all around were a feast for the eye.
responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep of the property was handed over
to the state government by the royal family. However, successive governments
failed to honour the trust reposed in them. Its magnificence has been steadily
ravaged by systematic negligence and now it stands on the verge of irreversible
palace been in Rajasthan, it would surely have been converted into a
money-spinning tourist resort at par with the famed Udaipur Jalmahal resort.
Tourism Department has so far been administered by the state government in an
ad hoc manner, primarily to accommodate the retired loyal officials. It was a
virtual rehabilitation centre. Had this not been so, they would have converted
the Neer Mahal into its deserved status as one of the most appealing tourist
attractions of northeast India by way of the application of a brilliant and
innovative mind. Just imagine the tourist and revenue potential if Neer Mahal
had been carefully exploited along with the architectural wonders of Unokoti
and Pilak and the bracing, unending water area of Nariel Ban at Dumbur Lake.
Tripura has all the potential to be one of the best tourist attractions in the
nation, but this scope has always been criminally neglected by state
governments. The state government may also consider the publication of a white
paper on the status of Rudrasagar and Neermahal, as demanded by the Mukta
aches for Tripura, I so earnestly that all the cultural heritage and the
Neer Mahal be renovated and restructured using top-of-the-line Technology and
intracultural knowledge, keeping the original appeal and focus intact.
written to Shri Manik Sarkar way back in 2015 but it was neither acknowledged
nor acted upon. Since our Deputy Chief Minister has taken up some meaningful
and definitive action, I wrote to him yesterday 0n 22 September, 2022. It was
from my heart !!! (Tripurainfo)