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This will pave the way for their conservation: Suresh Kumar

Conservation efforts: Minister for Urban Development S. Suresh Kumar inaugurating a workshop on planning for heritage towns and cities, in Mysore on Saturday. Mayor Sandesh Swamy (fourth from right), MLAs S.A. Ramdas and H.S. Shankarlinge Gowda are seen. — PHOTO:M.A. SRIRAM
Conservation efforts: Minister for Urban Development S. Suresh Kumar inaugurating a workshop on planning for heritage towns and cities, in Mysore on Saturday. Mayor Sandesh Swamy (fourth from right), MLAs S.A. Ramdas and H.S. Shankarlinge Gowda are seen. — PHOTO:M.A. SRIRAM

Nearly 120 monuments in the city that were devoid of their legal status as heritage structures are set for legal recognition, paving the way for their conservation, Minister for Urban Development S. Suresh Kumar has said.

He would ascertain the reason for the delay in the gazette notification to identify and conserve heritage structures, and expedite it, the Minister added.

Mr. Suresh Kumar was interacting with presspersons after inaugurating a workshop on “Planning for heritage towns and cities under the Karnataka Municipal Reforms Project”, organised by the Department of Town and Country Planning, here on Saturday.

Mr. Suresh Kumar, who is also the district in-charge Minister, said that according legal sanctity to structures for their historic, architectural and heritage value would be significant for Mysore, which is the only city from Karnataka to be listed under the Indian Heritage Cities Network.

Earlier, in his inaugural address at the workshop, the Minister quoted from the Venice Charter on heritage conservation. He expressed hope that the workshop, which was the first of its kind organised by the State Government would be a guiding stone in heritage conservation.

The promotion of heritage could be a driving force for urban development and socio-economic growth, Mr. Suresh Kumar said. Nearly 90,000 international tourists used to visit Bodh Gaya in Bihar, but once the place underwent restoration and renovation, it attracted over four lakh tourists, he pointed out.

Mayor Sandesh Swamy mooted the idea of appointing a senior IAS officer to oversee conservation of heritage monuments in Mysore.

Collaboration

The four-day workshop here is being attended by officials of local urban bodies from across the State.

The workshop is expected to create an opportunity to exchange examples of good practices in the field, laying the foundation for future collaboration.

It aims to provide participants with theoretical and practical knowledge on creating a heritage-sensitive master plan for their towns and cities.

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