Most citizens support deletion of 49 structures from heritage list

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 Nov 2017 08:46:05

Special Correspondent,

Prominent persons including Raje Sangram Singh Bhosale, Adv Arjun Vinod Bobde, and Maharani Udyani Raje Bhosale and a majority of citizens have supported deletion of 49 structures from heritage list of the city. Only a few of the citizens who submitted their objections/suggestions to NMC proposal in this regard have opposed deletion of various structures from heritage list.

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has proposed deletion of 49 heritage structures in the city from the list of notified heritage structures/precincts including Nag river, Pili river, open spaces and many of Bhonsale period temples, walls and structures that are in dilapidated condition. Many of the heritage structures and precincts that are sought to be denotified are owned privately and many belong to educational institutions and religious trusts.

Vidarbha Heritage Society had filed a special leave petition against Urban Development Department of State Government in the Supreme Court. The apex court had directed Heritage Conservation Committee (HCC) to re-examine the issue at hand pertaining to 204 structures and to pass a well-reasoned order within four months. Only 12 persons filed suggestions and objections on 49 structures deleted by the State Government from the list of heritage structures in the city.

As per the directions of the court, Hearing Committee headed by Dr Ujjwala Chakradev, Principal of Smt Manoramabai Mundle College of Architecture; noted Architect Ashok Mokha, P S Patankar, and Dr Shubha Johri conducted the hearing recently. HCC gave a patient hearing to the objections raised by the citizens.

Maharani Udyani Raje Bhosale raised objection to inclusion of Hattikhana in Mahal in the list of heritage structures. Adv Arjun Bobde supported deletion of Sandipini School building from the list. Anil Manapure, Dr Subhash Raut, and Mahesh Joshi supported deletion of 49 structures. Avinash Bhoot supported deletion of Bhoot Mandir. M V Kalikar supported deletion of Kalikar Shiv Temple and Sunetra Vinayakrao Buti supported deletion of Buti Wada. Ulhas Pagaria supported deletion of Pardi water system, and Nitin Kite supported deletion of Mahadev Temple, Bhutiya Mandir, Mahadev Mandir, Naik Mandir, Bhutia Darwaja, Tulshibag, Darwaja tank, and Buruj Darbar Hall Gond Killa. Raje Sangram Singh Bhosale demanded deletion of plinth of Chhaoni from the list. Avantika Chitnavis and Shobha Phanshikar opposed deletion of heritage structures from the list. 

It may be mentioned here that HCC headed by B N Zamre, former Municipal Commissioner, had prepared draft regulation for conservation of historical and architectural buildings along with the list of such buildings, structures and precincts in March 1998. HCC had prepared a list of 204 buildings and submitted it to State Government for its approval in December 1999. The remaining 49 structures were deleted from the list of buildings. Following this, many of the structures were demolished subsequently as their owners found it difficult to maintain the heritage sites as per notified rules.

According to rules, Grade-I heritage can not be altered or tampered with and development in and around such structure or precinct must be in consonance with the declared heritage structure. In case of Grade-II structure, some modification with prior permission of HCC is permissible, without changing the outer appearance of the notified structure. In case of Grade-III structure, changes can be made with proper permission.

Grade-I Structures

Gateway (Mohite) of Mahal, Gond Killa along Killa Road in Mahal constructed in 17th Century, walls and bastions of Durbar Hall in Gond Killa, Budhwar Bazaar of Mahal constructed in 18th Century, Shiv Temple (Kalikar) along Killa Road, Bhutiya Darwaza in Mahal, Rajabaksha Hanuman Mandir, Nag river, plinth of Chhaoni, water system in Pardi lake, Pili river, ornamental tank of Regal Talkies premises, Buti Rukmini Mandir at the Sangam in Sitabuldi, Tulshibag tank, several open spaces and gardens of various housing layouts throughout the city, and walls of precinct with two gateways of Sakkardara lake.

Grade-II Structures

St Ursula Girls’ High School building in Civil Lines area constructed in 1858, Sandipini School building in Civil Lines constructed in early 20th Century, Itkelwar Wada in Juni Mangalwari, Assa House near Kasturchand Park constructed in 1880 AD, Deshmukh Wada in Mahal constructed in 1876, Mahadev Mandir on Mahal Road constructed in 19th Century, Bhut Temple constructed in 18th Century in Mahal, Denge Patil Wada constructed in 18th Century along Killa Road in Mahal, Mahadev Mandir in Badkas Chowk, Mahadev Mandir on Upadhye Road, Hattikhana constructed in 18th Century, Gujarwada constructed in 18th Century in Mahal, Naik Temple in Mahal, Vitthal Rukhmai Temple in Maskasath, Bishop Cotton School in Sadar, Chaterton Hall of All Saint’s Cathedral, pavilion of Sakkardara tank, Buty Wada, Gateway of Buty Mahal Scheme, and Paturkar Ram Mandir.

Grade-III Structures

The Bachelor’s Quarters in Civil Lines constructed in early 20th Century, Raja Kothi in Civil Lines, Bhuteshwar Temple constructed in 18th Century in Gangabai ghat area, Shiv Mandir at Teen Nal Square in Itwari constructed in late 18th Century, Amar Sharnam two-storeyed structure constructed in 1934 in Khare Town, Jamdarwada in Mahal, Bharat Vyayam Shala constructed in 1917 in an area behind Chitnavis Park in Mahal, Bishop Residence of All Saint’s Cathedral, All Saint’s House Primary School and Nursery in Civil Lines, and the carved stone-plinth of Regal Talkies.