City’s heritage conservation panel meets for first time

A year after the Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee was constituted, its first meeting was held Monday chaired by the UT Advisor to the Administrator. In the meeting it was decided to constitute a sub committee which will come up with heritage regulations for the city first.

At the meeting, it was also decided that the proposed construction of an administrative complex in the Punjab and Haryana High Court premises will also be reviewed. Besides, the proposed renovation of the canteen of the employees of the High Court on the same premises has also been put on hold for a review by the committee members.

The members also held a discussion on the status report given by the expert committee for preservation of the architectural heritage of various buildings in the city.

In all, there were six important issues which were a part of the agenda for the meeting attended by the UT Finance Secretary V K Singh, UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar, Chief Architect Sumit Kaur, Chief Engineer S K Chadda besides other members of the committee.

Earlier the meeting was scheduled to be held on January 7 but had to be postponed as some of the members, including the representatives of the Ministry of Urban Development and Planning were not able to make it.

The committee was constituted and was approved by the Ministry of Home Affairs, for preparing detailed project reports of important heritage buildings in the city, besides ensuring their proper conservation as well as maintenance. The committee has also been constituted to supervise the architectural preservation plans in the City Beautiful and has 18 members. The committee, under the chairmanship of K K Sharma, adviser to UT Administrator is constituted on the directions of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs for the preservation of architectural heritage of the city. It also consists of representatives of the Archaeological Survey Of India (ASI).

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