Read : Rediscover and explore Delhi for free “We want preservation and revival of such buildings and the sooner the guidelines are implemented, the better,” said DUAC chairman Raj Rewal. “Such buildings, which are a part of the city’s life, should be well preserved and can also be part of the tourist map,” he said. Eminent architect and convenor of Intach’s Delhi chapter, AGK Menon, said that the list has been drawn up after consultation and debates with other organisations. “The main idea is to conserve our modern heritage. We want people to understand that a structure doesn’t have to be necessarily ancient or medieval or 100 years old to be considered heritage,” he said. What triggered the idea was the demolition of the iconic Chanakya cinema -- which was based on an award-winning design and considered symbolic of post-independence architecture -- some years ago to make way for a multiplex. Plans to alter Pragati Maidan as part of its revamp also had a hand in the move. “We have included such buildings that tell the story of modern Indian architecture and have contributed to the city’s growth. Chanakya cinema’s demolition was a huge loss and the new guidelines will eliminate similar threats to our contemporary heritage,” Menon said. “The list includes various categories such as residential, institutional and public buildings and even campuses such as Jawaharlal Nehru University,” he said.