The coming year will see 50 more heritage structures added to the PMCs Heritage List,which is in the last stages of being updated.
The update process got a boost after the Heritage Committee was revised by the PMC last year. It also got a good start by the initiative of Indian National Trust for Art Culture and Heritage (INTACH),which is in-charge of the field work. The list is in its final phase of being updated. We are compiling 112 grade III structures in the city. We also submitted a list of structures from 23 new villages, said Sharvey Dhongde,convenor,INTACH. The current list is a gazetted document with 250 structures in it. Shyam Dhavale,deputy city engineer,Heritage Cell,PMC,said,Most of the work for the list is done. We are expecting it to be ready by early 2012.
At present,there are no stringent regulations that safeguard grade II and III structures. The PMC follows some guidelines,but for grade II and III structures,there is no binding rule for owners to protect the structure,which is why their inclusion in the list is important, added Dhongde.
This is also the first time natural heritage list is being prepared by INTACH.
Supriya Goturkar,project coordinator,INTACH said,The natural heritage list will include hills,rivers,green areas and rare trees. We are expecting the work to be done by early next year,after which we will begin discussions with the Heritage Committee,PMC.