Deadline for feedback on heritage list extended

The BMC on Wednesday extended by a month the deadline for receiving suggestions and objections to the proposed revisions and additions to the list of structures protected as heritage buildings. The decision was taken at the Standing Committee meeting.

The draft revised heritage list was published on July 31 with a deadline of August 31 for citizens to make any suggestions.

"This is not the final list. We are waiting for feedback from the public and have extended the deadline up to September 30. The final list will be prepared after the suggestions come in. The list will then go to the state government and only after its approval will we publish the final list," said Addl Municipal Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar.

In July, the draft revised list was published, four years after an exhaustive exercise was undertaken to include 948 monuments, structures and 49 precincts in the existing list of 588 sites, prepared in 1995.

While the city's original heritage list only had structures from the island city up to Mahim and Sion, the new list includes monuments and precincts from the island city, eastern and western suburbs. Bungalows, neo-classical and art deco cinema houses, forts, caves, temples, statues, bridges, ponds and 23 open spaces have also been added to the list.

On August 27, Newsline reported that the MHCC, following its fortnightly meeting, submitted to the state government a list of incentives to encourage private owners and tenants to conserve and maintain heritage structures.

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