Facing flak for delisting some of the heritage precincts in the revised list declared for the five civic wards, the government on Saturday defended the move, arguing that the deletions of some precincts or portions of it had been done according to the recommendation of the expert committee, appointed to review Mumbai’s heritage list, under former Mumbai heritage committee chairman Dinesh Afzalpurkar.
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The Indian Express had reported on Saturday that over 50 per cent of the entries — 221 out of 430 — included from these wards in a draft list presented in 2012 had been omitted.
“The government’s town planners had barely suggested 32 changes in all to recommendations of the review committee. Of these, only one was for delisting a precinct at Dadar’s Krishna Nagar, which was accepted since the distinctive features of the property have already been lost. The rest of the suggestions made by the committee, including revised buffer zones for notified precincts, were accepted as is,” said a senior state official.