A dome of the iconic Bada Imambara in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh collapsed on Monday night due to heavy rain in the city. Restoration work on the historic structure began on Tuesday.
Habibul Hasan, head of the Bada Imambara, said a small dome collapsed on Monday night due to rain and wind around 6 p.m. “No one was injured when the small structure collapsed. We removed the debris. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) team has started the restoration work. A stone has been cracked and it is being restored,” he said.
Lucknow, UP | Part of the Bara Imambara (Burj) parapet collapsed last night due to heavy rain and winds
There were no casualties in this incident; debris removed and repair work in progress; “Bhool Bhoolaiya” will be open to visitors today, an official said. pic.twitter.com/9X5wohyAlo
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The dome that collapsed was located above the ‘Bhool Bhulaiya’ gate in the Bada Imambara. “For today, tourist entry to ‘Bhool Bhulaiya’ (The Maze) has been halted. Entry to Bada Imambara is permitted as usual. We hope entry to ‘Bhool Bhulaiya’ will resume soon Hasan said.
The Bada Imambara, which is one of the major tourist attractions in Lucknow, was built by Nawab of Awadh Asaf-ud-Daula in 1784.
The Imambara complex includes the Asfi Mosque, the Bhul Bhulaiya and a Bowli (water reservoir).
An ASI officer said restoration work was underway. “We have assessed the damage and our teams are working to restore the damaged parts. I think the work will be finished in a day or two and tourists will be allowed in the next day,” the official said.