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Fourth Biennial IHCN conference gets under way

Alternate ways to secure funds to conserve heritage and measure the economic impact of heritage is being discussed at the conference.

The fourth biennial conference organised by Indian Heritage Cities Network (IHCN) began in the city on Thursday. More than 200 Indian and foreign delegates have been attending the two-day meet,where ‘Economics of Living in Heritage Cities’ is being discussed.

Being organised in collaboration with UNESCO,Ministry of Urban Development,Government of India,Embassy of France and Maharana of Mewar Charitable Trust,the conference for the past few years has been coming up with suggestions and mechanisms on how to save heritage in a rapidly urbanised landscape.

Speaking about the session,K S Raykar,executive director of IHCN,said best practices from the world,which will help local urban bodies to formulate their heritage policies,were shared. “Living in a country with a rich heritage,we need to take steps to ensure that our priceless heritage is preserved,” he said.

Alternate ways to secure funds to conserve heritage and measure the economic impact of heritage is being discussed at the conference.

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Since PMC is one of the host bodies,a special assessment plan for the city’s heritage will be unveiled at the end of the conference.

“In order to inculcate a sense of appreciation for heritage sites among students,a competition will be organised by IHCN. For students of architecture,a special competition on designing a living heritage revitalisation plan has been announced,” an organiser said.