Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has determined the price of the ancestral houses of legendary Bollywood actors Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor in the heart of the city at Rs 80,56,000 and Rs 1,50,00,000 respectively.

The provincial government in September decided to purchase the actor’s ancestral houses to conserve the historic buildings which are in dilapidated condition and facing demolition threat. The two buildings, located in the heart of this northern Pakistani city, have been declared as national heritage.

Deputy Commissioner of Peshawar Muhammad Ali Asghar, following a report of the Communication and Works Department, fixed the price of Dilip Kumar’s four Marla house for Rs 80,56,000 (50,259 dollars) while that of Raj Kapoor’s six Marla house for Rs 1,50,00,000 (93,529 dollars).

Marla, a traditional unit of area used in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, is considered as equal to 272.25 square feet or 25.2929 square metres. The archaeology department has sent a formal request to the provincial government for releasing over Rs 2 crore for purchasing both the historic buildings, where the two greats of Indian cinema were born and raised before the Partition.

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