Ludlow Castle to Motilal Nehru Place: An Eventful Journey to LG House | delhi news

Ludlow Castle was built by Samuel Ludlow, a surgeon based in Delhi at the time. While Ludlow was transferred in 1831 to Neimach, his house was rented to the British Political Agent to serve as his office and residence.

Ludlow Castle, Ludlow Castle Delhi, Residence of the Lieutenant Governor (LG), Raj Niwas, Delhi News, India News, The Indian Express, The Indian Express India News, The Indian Express IndiaIn 1993, Ram Sharma, a former professor at the School of Planning and Architecture, was commissioned to build a new Raj Niwas in place of the original building. Prem Nath Pandey

Located in the heart of central Delhi, this majestic palace has been the cornerstone of the city’s administration and decision-making mechanism. As the residence of the Lieutenant Governor, Raj Niwas has witnessed the ever-changing dynamics of political administration shaping the course of both the capital and the nation, dating back to the pre-Indian independence period.

However, the story of this house does not begin at 6, Raj Niwas Marg, but at Ludlow Castle where the Political Agent of the British Government was granted residence in 1813. Political Agent or Resident, during the rule of the British East India Company (and later under the British Government After 1813) he was an actor stationed in a princely state. His role included diplomatic duties, advisory duties to the governor, and supervision of affairs within the states. Essentially, with the collapse of the Mughal Empire, a de facto colonial administrator was appointed to run the affairs of state.

Ludlow Castle was built by Samuel Ludlow, a surgeon based in Delhi at the time. While Ludlow was transferred in 1831 to Neimach, his house was rented to the British Political Agent to serve as his office and residence. Decades later, when Delhi came under siege during the rebellion of 1857, the building served as a British outpost and was severely damaged.

After the rebellion, Delhi was absorbed into the larger province of Punjab and the position of political agent was transformed into a commissioner reporting to the lieutenant governor.

Ludlow Castle was repaired but in 1886, when it was considered too large and the rent too expensive, the decision was made to move the commissioner’s office and residence to two smaller floors in the same area. While the residence will be rented from Seth Lakhim Chand, the building housing the office will be rented from Sheikh Hafizullah.

Problems still exist. While the headquarters were moved to the now famous 6th Street, Ludlow Castle Road (later Raj Niwas Marg) in 1897, the British administration was unable to reach a consensus on where to house the commissioner’s office. With Hafizullah insisting on increasing the office rent, the Raj officers began exploring their options. Finally, in 1904, they decided to construct a building adjacent to the office at the Commissioner’s residence at a cost of Rs 21,772.

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It will remain the headquarters of the Chief Commissioner of Delhi after the capital of India moved to Delhi in 1911.

The building served as the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi until 1988. Due to its dilapidated condition, it was decided to temporarily shift the facilities to 18, Akbar Road, and later to 3, Motilal Nehru Place. This was a short-term solution as plans were underway to renovate the Raj Niwas. The original Raj Niwas building was demolished, and in 1993, Ram Sharma, a former professor at the School of Planning and Architecture, was commissioned to construct a new building.

In 1997, it was proposed to convert the building into a government guest house as it was too elaborate to be used for just one person’s office as LG continued to reside at 3, Motilal Nehru Place. However, these suggestions were never implemented. In 2004, Raj Niwas again became the office and residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi.

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First published on: 09-11-2023 at 04:14 EDT



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