100 heritage structures in South Mumbai not marked in city’s blueprint

  • Vaishnavi Vasudevan, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 31, 2015 15:30 IST

It is one of the iconic structures in Mumbai, but the Gateway of India has been wrongly marked in the civic body’s proposed development plan (DP).

This has left heritage conservationists worried about the future of the heritage structure.

A study conducted by a member of the heritage conservation panel revealed around 100 listed heritage buildings in A ward, which includes Colaba, Churchgate, Fort areas, have not been marked by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in the DP.

The list has missed out on many iconic art deco, Indo Saracenic and Gothic architecture buildings, including the Prince of Wales Museum, GPO, St Thomas Cathedral in Fort, Old Governor’s House, buildings in Ballard Estate, and the police commissioner’s office.

“The proposed 948 heritage structures in the city listed in 2012 have not been marked at all. South Mumbai’s British era buildings and the look of the area will be badly affected if the current development plan is approved,” said a member of the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC).

There are 13 Grade 1 structures that are not marked in the DP, according to the report.

Grade 1 structures are those that are of national or historical importance.

“It will be a huge loss to the city if our recommendations are not considered and important structures remain unmarked,” said V Ranganthan, chairman, MHCC.

Only buildings that have been marked as heritage structure in the DP will fit into the provisions of heritage conservation norms.

“Heritage structures help boost tourism and are a reflection of the city’s history. The plan is favouring builders,” said Nayana Kathpalia, trustee, NAGAR, an NGO.

Vidyadhar Phatak, advisor for revision of DP, said, “We have marked structures that are part of the 1995 list. If there are ones that haven’t been marked, I will have to check the maps,” he said, adding they had not marked buildings proposed in 2012.

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