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Dec 17 2016 (10:22)  Makeover for colonial era railway rest house in Ajmer (
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JAIPUR: The forgotten and crumbling colonial period rest house of railways atop the Taragarh Hill, known also for the fort of King Prithviraj Chauhan, in Ajmer will soon get a makeover for the better. Constructed around 1938 by the Bombay Baroda and Central India Railway (BB&CI) at a height of 710 feet above sea level, the dilapidated building is about to be 'reborn' as a hotel and restaurant, thanks to a proposal by the North Western Railways (NWR). The fate of the majestic railway property has been lying under piles of paper after Partition and it now welcomes visitors with the warning, 'Asurukshit Bhawan' (unsafe building). Corridors with arches and rooms that open into the main courtyard take you down to the typical British Raj building. The vents have been designed keeping in mind the circulation of winds. This is the only site that gives you a 360-degree view of Ajmer....
The entrance of the Ajmer railway station and the movement of trains are visible from the rest house. The whistles that mark the arrivals and departures of trains can also be heard clearly from the rest house, used by elite British railway officers.
Official record says that this property, spread across 8,000 square metres, was acquired by BB&CI in 1938 for constructing a rest house for senior British officers. The site has a moderate temperature, with a difference of 3-4 degree Celsius from the bottom of the hill to the rest house. During summers, when the temperature in Ajmer city reaches above 40 degree Celsius, Taragarh Hill remains below 30 degrees. The DRM of NWR Ajmer division, Puneet Chawla, who identified the potential of the site, has already sent a proposal for developing it into a hotel. "The whole idea is to generate revenue for the Indian Railways. This site is unique and has a potential to be listed among tourist attractions of Ajmer. Similarly, I have identified several such properties with potential for development," said Chawla. The proposal has gone to the Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) which is studying its financial feasibility. The tendering for the project is also expected soon. The style of its colonial era architecture is likely to remain unchanged. At present, the property is home to stray animals and, during the marriage season, it becomes a site for pre-wedding photo shoots. Lack of maintenance over long periods is quickly pulling the property down. The walls and ceiling have been defaced by visitors, but luckily there are no signs of encroachment. The new NWR logo on the walls and pillars painted with red ink has come as news for the residents of Taragarh, who were not sure of the even the ownership and viewed it as an abandoned structure 'haunted by jinns'. Stay updated on the go with Times of India News App. Click here to download it for your device.

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