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Trusts sign MoU on Lutyens’ Delhi preservation

The Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone is all set to get a facelift with the Indian Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH),a heritage conservation body,and the Lutyens’ Trust signing a MoU to jointly conserve tangible heritage in the area.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
June 18, 2009 2:17:00 am

The Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone is all set to get a facelift with the Indian Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH),a heritage conservation body,and the Lutyens’ Trust signing a MoU to jointly conserve tangible heritage in the area.

The MoU was finally signed late last month,nearly eight years after the Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone was listed as one of the world’s most endangered heritage sites by the World Monument Fund,an international heritage conservation and awareness body. INTACH had prepared a charter the following year on how Lutyens’ Delhi was seriously threatened by development but no further action was taken thereafter.

“Both INTACH and the Lutyens’ Trust wish to jointly work towards preserving the garden city character and key buildings of Lutyens’ Delhi,” an official statement from INTACH stated. “The foremost goal of this joint venture will be to get the Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in due course of time.”

As a first step towards this,INTACH will undertake a detailed study and present it to the Ministry of Culture for consideration. The two bodies will,however,work together as an “informal joint venture and contribute time and expertise at their own expense”.

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“A coordinating committee of ten members from each organisation will meet once a year to guide the work and take strategic decisions,” an INTACH official said.

“Though this venture might not guarantee the protection of the Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone,it should significantly impede the pressure for highrise buildings and other untoward developments,which in recent years,have impacted the setting of Lutyens’ Delhi in spite of the zone having been declared a protected zone under the Delhi Masterplan,” the official said.

Apart from getting the World Heritage status,the main objectives of the venture will be to lobby for the preservation and maintenance of key buildings by Edwin Lutyens,Herbert Baker and their contemporaries; to increase awareness about the heritage of Lutyens’ Delhi and the threats it faces; and to consider the possibility of adapting the existing buildings within the zone for a new cultural complex for the benefit of the public.

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