Lucknow: For several years the iconic Lal Baradari built in 1820 inside the Lucknow University compound has been fighting a lonely battle for existence. Adding to the ever growing concerns around the structure on May 2, 2021 a part of the structure collapsed which was already very damaged. All this despite repeted calls for auctioned to the concerned authorities.
With the matter serious, citing the incident, the Registrar, Dr. Vinod Singh has written to the Director General of Archeological Survey of India urging assistance to save Lal Baradari. Fortunately the collapse did not harm anyone.
It is noteworthy that the Lal Baradari has been kept vacant for quite some time now, given the fact that it has been in a dilapidated state. It is surrounded by a wired mesh.
In 2020, a committee was formed under the overall supervision of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alok Kumar Rai along with others like Head, Department of Ancient Indian History, Prof. Piyush Bhargava, Superintendent of Works, Dr. Durgesh Srivastava and Prof. Nishi Pandey.
The committee has the task of working towards maintenance, conservation and preservation of Lal Baradari. Chairman of the Committee Prof. Piyush Bhargava has very frequently sent letters to the Archaeological Survey of India, Uttar Pradesh State Archaeological Department for the conservation of Lal Baradari.
He has repeatedly called for everyone to work towards saving Lal Baradari. The Lala Baradari holds significance because it bears testimony to the history of Lucknow city and Lucknow University. Meanwhile efforts continue to maintain / protect Baradari since 2010, but unfortunately no assistance has been received from anywhere.
In 2020, University of Lucknow completed 100 years of its existence. There are many buildings in the university today which incorporate the history of this institute within itself. One of them is Lal Baradari that stands at the very heart of the University.