The House, which is located in Chhattisgarh’s Sonepat district, is a one-room apartment built in the mid-19th century.
The property is one of the most luxurious in the area.
In its heyday, it had a population of over 1,000,000 people.
The home’s owner, Dhanush Kumar Gupta, said that he wanted to renovate the home, but his project fell apart due to lack of funds.
He is now seeking compensation from the city.
“I had to take the matter up with the city authorities,” he said.
“The government should help us.”
Gupta said that when he started renovating the home in 2017, it was considered as a luxury property.
However, as the project grew, it became the centre of controversy.
The house’s owner also had a dispute with the nearby developer, who was looking to demolish the house.
“I tried to persuade the developers to let me construct a two-storey building.
I even suggested that the builders give me Rs 5 lakh, which they never gave,” he told NDTV.
“They told me to go and get the money, which I did.
But after I started work, the developers told me that I was not allowed to start work on the house.”
Guptu has been living in the house for five years.
“This house is the only one that I have built.
It’s the only building I have.
The rest is made by other people,” he explained.
“It’s my house.
I do not have any money to renovator or contractor.”
The architect said that the project cost him around Rs 20 lakh.
“After the builders told me not to renovating, I started to do it,” he added.
“But I got the money and then the developers gave me Rs 15 lakh.
They also said that they would not take the house back.”
The city government has not yet provided the compensation amount to Gupta.
The government, however, told NDtv that the developer was responsible for the construction costs.
“The government is investigating the matter and will take appropriate action,” a spokesperson said in a statement.