The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Archaeological Directory has announced possession of Bollywood legends Raja Kapoor and Dilip Kumar ancestral home in Peshawar.

The development took place after the Deputy Commissioner in Peshawar issued a notice during the day of the ownership transfer of both properties in the old city to the Archaeological Department.

In September last year, the provincial government announced that it would take over both buildings and turn them into a museum after restoration.

Director (Archeology) Dr. Abdul Samad told a news outlet that the Archeology department has taken over both properties from their current owners after transferring their ownership to the provincial government. He further stated that the property was acquired in accordance with all legal procedures.

He said the work on restoration and rehabilitation of the two severely damaged properties will begin shortly before they become museums.

The director said that the directorate would also contact members of both families about the restoration.

He said the restoration of both properties and their subsequent museum status was aimed at restoring Peshawar’s city ties to Bollywood.

Dr. Samad said the directorate of Archaeological and Museum has also paid a specific price to DC Peshawar for onward payment to the owners.

Earlier in the day, DC issued two notices regarding the transfer of ownership of both properties to the Archaeological Directorate.

According to the finale price, Raj Kapoor’s home in the Dhaki Dalgaran area was worth Rs 11.5 million and Dilip Kumar’s ancestral residence in Mohallah Khudad was worth Rs 7.2 million. Both assets are worth Rs 1.5 million per marla.

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