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Proposed heritage list: Civic body gets only 15 responses

mumbai Updated: Aug 31, 2012 00:23 IST
Reetika Subramanian

Despite putting up the proposed heritage list for suggestions and objections on its website almost a month ago, the civic body has, so far, received only 15 responses.

Most objections have been raised against the Shivaji Park precinct, said civic officials.

The initial deadline for submitting suggestions, August 31, was extended to September 30 taking the convenience of the citizens into account. According to civic officials and heritage activists, the main reasons for the lukewarm response are technical glitches and the lack of awareness.

“When the list was uploaded online, I was told that there were some problems in accessing the site. May be, that is why we have received only 15 responses so far,” said V Ranganathan, chairperson, Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee.

“Now that the deadline has been extended, we hope to get some more suggestions. Also, people should be made aware of the list and the sites that have been proposed for heritage status,” he said.

Activists claimed that apart from the glitch while downloading the list, the compulsion on submitting the written application either by post or in person at the civic headquarters has made the process cumbersome.

“There should have been a provision to submit the suggestions on the civic body’s website itself,” said David Cardoz, a Bandra-based conservation architect. “A list of heritage spots in every area should be made available at the respective ward offices. Citizens should also be allowed to submit their suggestions at their ward offices,” he said.

On Thursday, Bandra residents participated in an interactive discussion to analyse the proposed heritage list. Some residents complained about the poor mapping of structures on the list.

Conservation architect Vikas Dilawari claimed that browsing through more than 1,400 heritage spots and precincts on the list is not easy for citizens.

DM Sukthankar, former heritage committee chairperson, said, “Providing ward-wise division of the sites to respective ward offices could prove to be useful. Spreading public awareness, too, is important.”