RAWALPINDI - 'Old City has numerous sights of architectural masterpieces but the encroachers have been using these historic buildings for residential and business purposes and those left are in dilapidated condition as no serious attempts were ever made to preserve this cultural heritage. Some of the families, who have been living in these historic temples, havelies and monuments for over 50 years, had never permitted inspection of the sites to any authorities. We have inherited this haveli from our grandfather who lived here since 1930s. This land does not belong to any other authority but to the Wakf Board, to whom we paid, and we are currently fighting an ownership case with them in high court, said an agitated Baba Zameer Shah, whose family lived in the part of a large unnamed havelis. Ancient buildings include Jain Mandir, Jain Temple, and then in the difficult streets of Bhabra Bazaar stand majestic haveli of Rai Bahadur Sujan Singh, one of the richest and tallest buildings in the city in the pre-partition era. However, the building is in terrible, shameful and dilapidated condition. Kashmiri refugees who were housed here for sometime and the locals have theft all the decorative materials and took away all the things, which they can. Haveli was built in 1893. Then the famous of its time Haveli of Raja Poonch, which was razed to ground and the site was replaced with commercial plaza then Nirankari Darbar, whose charm has been vanishing with each passing day, the structure is also facing severe weather conditions most then others as it does not have top roof on it. An elderly woman along with her family has been residing inside the main Haveli Bahadur Singh, Purana Qila, while the small hutment built near main door of the Haveli was given out on rent to a citrate shop, a historical well located inside the building has gone dry some seven years ago, residents told. Many 'old city residents can claim to be living in heritage houses but through their actions they proved that they do not deserve for it as they had drilled holes into the notable structures, plastered the walls, installed wooden racks and hung dirty clothes on them. A student of archaeology, Syed Hassan Qazalbash, who had studied these historic buildings very closely said, The inhabitants, residing in these marvelous buildings of their times, had completely turned the ancient structures into private living quarters with no regard to its heritage status. For example, Hassan said, Walls inside the Porana Gumbad, remains of a Hindu temple near Qasae Gali, an unprotected structure till date, have been painted by its dewellers with usual white colour again and again which covered the artistic work and original colour of red bricks used their, this practice needs an urgent attention of concerned quarters. All the materials used in the construction of historical buildings have been undergoing deterioration by a number of factors, including inhabitants actions and negligence of the authorities concerned and the properties of material itself. The district administration can generate a handsome income by preserving citys old historical and religious sites, which are under threat of degradation, deterioration and encroachment, with the help of Archaeological Department. Most of these historic buildings are located in Babra Bazaar, Bagh Sardaran, Dingi Koi, Saddar, Raja Bazaar, Kaalan Bazaar, Moti Bazaar, Ratta Amral and Purana Qila and waiting for 'Maseha. Several other decrepit old houses of rich people of their time, with wooden and other artistic works at their front and on walls also deteriorating rapidly and need attention and preservation. Majid Tabasum, a dweller of such building said that the town administration served us with the notices for vacation time and again but they did not give any alternate plan of habilitation, We also love our heritage and we can vacate these buildings against acceptable condition. Kalim Nizamani, student of NCA, said that the government could take the possession of these historic buildings, by compensating their dwellers to some other areas and then they can flourish these building by keeping the original Mughal style alive like the provincial government has preserved some of the buildings in Anar Kali food street, Lahore.