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‘Looks do matter’

With an increase in the number of cases of old structures in the Walled city and surrounding areas being razed and converted into flat-like structures, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has finally woken up to the need of retaining the heritage look of the area.

delhi Updated: Mar 30, 2009 00:44 IST
Neelam Pandey

With an increase in the number of cases of old structures in the Walled city and surrounding areas being razed and converted into flat-like structures, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has finally woken up to the need of retaining the heritage look of the area.

The civic agency has made it mandatory for the owners of the walled city and surrounding areas to go for the same façade and architecture when the property is either rebuilt or newly built.

“We want to ensure that owners should use the same elements that were found in the area earlier—many structures had carved embellishments, stone work was done on havelis and many structure had pillars. So while constructing their building, these elements should be incorporated. There has to be an element of continuity in all the buildings,” said Vijay Singh, deputy commissioner of city zone.

To ensure that the rule is followed, the building plan of the owners would not be cleared if the façade is not in tune with the heritage look of the surrounding area. The civic agency has created a few model structures, which the property owners can choose from if they wish to.

“The walled city has a look of its own and we want to ensure that people carrying out fresh constructions should adhere to the same architecture that the other old structures have. Once the building is constructed we will carry out an inspection to see if the structure is in tune with the architecture of the area,” said a senior MCD official.

Owners who would be rebuilding the old havelis would have to go for the same architecture, which that haveli had. The civic agency would also be carrying out a door-to-door survey to check the status of the already listed 768 buildings, which are yet to be notified and to identify new ones. The civic body is hoping to identify 150 more heritage buildings in the Walled city not figuring in the earlier list prepared by them.