Saturday, 11 February 2012

GNDU School seeks identification of heritage buildings

Guru Ramdas School of Planning of Guru Nanak Dev University has sent a proposal to the state government for identifying the buildings of heritage significance in the erstwhile princely states, historical cities and towns established by the Sikh Gurus, for the conservation of buildings of heritage significance on the lines of Himachal Pradesh government. The school has also decided to conduct a study on the heritage of Chamba.

Talking to TOI on Tuesday, professor Balwinder Singh, head of Guru Ramdas School of Planning, who is also a member of the Heritage Conservation Advisory Committee of the country town planning department of Himachal Pradesh, said, "The Himachal government has identified the core areas having cluster of buildings of heritage importance or old homes."

"No one can alter or carry out additional construction of their houses or other buildings falling in the core areas without approval of the committee," he said.

He said the school had proposed the state government to constitute a similar heritage conservation advisory committee in Punjab after identification of core areas in Patiala, Faridkot, Kapurhala, Sangrur and Nabha.

The historical towns established by the Sikh Gurus - Amritsar, Sultanpur Lodhi, Goindwal Sahib, Tarn Taran and Kapurthala - have the treasure of rich architectural heritage which needs to be preserved. He opined that this was the only way to bring uniformity in the traditional architecture character of rich heritage of the state.

Yudhvir Rana, AMRITSAR:TNN Feb 8, 2012,


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