Bangalore's fast-paced development has taken a toll on its heritage — both tangible and intangible. Iconic buildings have vanished and our cultural heritage have been affected. For many quint-essential citizens, returning home after a hiatus, parts of the city have become unrecognisable. Several roads, junctions, trees, markets, buildings from a once-gracious era have either changed or disappeared. While many great cities of the world encourage its citizens to preserve heritage buildings, it is only now the government has decided to include Bangalore in the list of State's heritage cities. With the International Heritage Day falling on April 18, The Hindu attempts to examine the scenario in heritage conservation. Mail your feedback to Public Eye, The Hindu , 19 & 21, Bhagwan Mahaveer Road, Bangalore 560001 or publiceye.thehindu@ gmail.com.