Many engineering marvels which were constructed during the period of Dutch, French as well as British in Machilipatnam, are still cries to be declared as heritage sites in order to promised of conservation.
There were numerous instances in which Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) representatives appealed to the Krishna district administration to recommend eligible constructions in the port-town to declare as heritage sites but in vain. According to AP State Directorate of Town and Country Planning (DTCP), Hyderabad, recent guidelines, the old constructions which are now in its dilapidated state are need to be demolished or must be renovated or repaired.
However, heritage sites have been excluded from this process.
Since not even a single construction among the existing oldest nine buildings in Machilipatnam was declared as heritage site, all these structures, including Kekini Mahal, Outhouse-cum-simming pool in Collector’s Bunglaw are now required to be tested its ‘Structural Stability’.
Machilipatnam INTACH chapter founder convener Mohammod Silar listed out nine buildings which were brought into the notice of a few Collectors who served in Krishna district to accord them the status of heritage site.
The existing nine buildings are: Noble High School (constructed in 1843), Hindu –Anglo Vernacular School (1858), Victoria Memorial Hall, known as Town Hall (1905), Dutch Council Building or Moracine Building (17th century), Kekini Mahal (1921), St. Mary’s Church known as English Chruch (1808), 45-acre Old Collectorate and Bunglaw (constructed prior to 1825), Outhouse-cum-swimming pool in Collector’s Bunglaw, and two-storied Record Room in the Collectorate. ‘While Outhouse-cum-swimming pool in the Collector’s Bunglaw has been left to its dilapidated state, urbanisation posed a major threat for many old buildings, which were demolished in recent times. Heritage status should be accorded to the deserving constructions to promise its conservation’ historian Mr. Silar told The Hindu.