Department of Tourism & Cultural Affairs (DTCA) through Punjab Heritage & Tourism Promotion Authority wants to convert Ran Baas heritage building into a 4-Star hotel through public private partnership route. The Authority is currently searching for suitable private partner to Upgrade, Operate and Maintain the building. The government will enter into 50-year concession agreement with the potential private party.
Qila Mubarak is an ancient fortress of Sikh architecture in Patiala which was first built as a Mud fortress by Sidhu Jat ruler Baba Ala Singh in 1763, who was the founder of the Patiala dynasty. Later, it was reconstructed in baked bricks. The residential palace of Royal family of Patiala, Qila Mubarak complex is built in 10-acre ground in the heart of the city. The whole complex contains Ran Baas (Guest house) and the Darbar Hall (Divan Khana) besides Quila Androon. There is also underground sewerage system in the Qila. Qila Mubarak is a protected monument under the “The Punjab Ancient & Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites & Remains Act 1964.”
Private partner (selected through tender route) will have to plan the utilization of space made available to him and upgrade the facility to a state-of-the-art facility and ensure that all furnishing and finishing is in accordance with the era to which the Qila belongs. According to the government, upgradation, etc is expected to cost Rs 8.5 crore.
Meanwhile, Government of Punjab is developing Heritage Street around Qila Mubarak, Patiala the execution of which is likely to be undertaken and may be achieved in next 18 to 24 months. The stretch includes Somania Gate- Hanuman Mandir- Shahi Samadhan- Gur Mandi- Bartan Bazar- Main Darwaza of Qila- Jutti Bazar- A Tank area. The project components and interventions proposed to be undertaken include cobbling, undergrounding of all electrical cables, facade development, uniform interpretations and signages, sculptures, traffic management, surveillance, laser light show, façade lighting and illumination, etc. Besides this Punjab Heritage & Tourism Promotion Board (PHTPB) is undertaking Façade Lighting of Ran Baas, Darbar Hall and Qila Androon at an approximate cost of Rs. 18 Cr. Museum inside Darbar Hall is being upgraded and work is in progress at approximate cost of Rs. 8 Cr. Conservation of Qila Androon is also ongoing at a cost of Rs. 10 Cr likely to be completed by December 2020. PHTPB is also undertaking campus landscaping, campus lighting, peripheral pathway and parking.
It may be recalled here that in 2004, World Monuments Fund had identified the Qila as one of world’s 100 “most endangered monuments.”