After reviewing the draft development plan (DP), the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) has written to BMC, suggesting maintaining architectural harmony between the skyline and heritage structures.
The panel raised concern over the redevelopments at heritage precincts, which may diminish or destroy value of such structures.
The MHCC raised seven points in its letter, which included important issues such as deletion of approximately 1,000 heritage structures, as well as maintaining high-rises and architectural harmony.
The panel also said there should be no change in status and rules for heritage structures.
A copy of the letter is available with HT.
“Constructing skyscrapers should not be allowed in heritage precinct, as they will destroy its beauty,” a senior official from MHCC said.
“Any development [in heritage permits] should be allowed only after following the guidelines framed by heritage panel,” he added.
V Rangnathan, MHCC chief, said, “At least 1,000 structures are missing from the existing list of heritage structures. Also, there are major changes in the power that the heritage panel will have. The Draft DP has given special permission to the civic commissioner to allow redevelopment in grade 3 structures area. All of this is a cause for concern.”
In the letter, the panel has also suggested having a separate heritage conservation charge or heritage fund, saying the BMC should levy additional charge for all developments or redevelopments in city.