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Shield for more heritage buildings

delhi Updated: Oct 08, 2009 23:02 IST
Nivedita Khandekar
Nivedita Khandekar
Hindustan Times
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After years of dilly-dallying, the Delhi government has finally notified 141 heritage buildings, monuments and structures in New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) areas.

The notification can give a new lease of life to many such properties as these can now get funds under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

The notification will also help in restricting major changes in heritage buildings. It will help in protecting the structures that are neither in the central nor state list of protected monuments.

The list includes India Gate canopy, buildings in the Presidential Estate, Jaipur column, North Block, South Block, Hyderabad House, Baroda House, Gole Market, Mandir Marg police station and Tughlaq Road police station etc.

Said Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta, “Provided the restoration plan for these properties is ready, the civic body can apply for funds under JNNURM.”

In case of private properties, owners can get tax exemption if the local civic body has a provision to that effect, he added.

Mehta clarified the government would not spend funds on private properties right now, but “in future, the private buildings or structures might get financial help from the government for conservation.”

The notification appeared in the weekly gazette of Delhi government published last week.

NDMC spokesperson Anand Tiwari said: “With the notification, a special procedure will have to be followed in case any alteration or change is to be made to the façade of a property listed in the notification.”

“The owners, private or government agency, will have to apply to us and we in turn will refer it to the Heritage Conservation Committee of Urban Development Ministry.”

The list is formed on the basis of a detailed listing prepared by heritage body INTACH.