Now, city?s development under heritage guidelines
Development often costs dear. And when it comes to losing our old monuments and sites of archaeological importance, then definitely it rings alarm bells. Multiple strategies are being discussed and implemented each day to metamorphose Allahabad into a metro city. There is likelihood of destruction and damage to our heritage in the process.india Updated: Oct 30, 2006 01:12 IST
Development often costs dear. And when it comes to losing our old monuments and sites of archaeological importance, then definitely it rings alarm bells.
Multiple strategies are being discussed and implemented each day to metamorphose Allahabad into a metro city. There is likelihood of destruction and damage to our heritage in the process.
In a bid to preserve the identity of the city, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has started the listing of the monuments and archaeological sites.
According to Dr Sunil Gupta, assistant keeper, Allahabad Museum, and convenor of INTACH, Allahabad chapter, the measures under Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNURM) being implemented for the radical development in the city involve widening of roads, decongestion of drainage, and demolitions too.
This practice will be a threat to a lot of heritage structures. However, now these plans will be implemented keeping in mind the heritage guidelines," said Dr Gupta. Dr Gupta has initiated phase-I of the heritage listing project which is being funded by Nagar Nigam to implement the JNURM heritage guidelines. "A list of monuments have been submitted to the Nagar Nigam and it is expected that the project will be completed within this financial year.
The heritage document will then form part of the city planning. Under phase-I, 100 monuments and 50 archaeological sites have been listed so far," said Dr Gupta.
There are plans to list 900 more heritage sites under phase-II of the project and then the entire documented information will be published in a book form.
"INTACH is planning to model this project similar to the listings done in Srinagar where the documentation has been printed in five volumes and now those sites will remain safe from demolition. Entire information about the sites have been provided along with the pictures," he added.
It is also our endeavour to create awareness among people regarding the preservation of heritage and this also involves few very old houses besides the historical monuments, said Dr Gupta.
Salvage archaeology under INTACH will be carried out at the site of Bankat village by November end which has been destroyed partially due to by-pass project. It will be led by Prof VD Mishra, chairman of the archaeological advisory committee of INTACH Allahabad.