Staff Reporter

A Heritage Task Force would also be set up

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Government and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding to project Delhi as a heritage city.

Since the State Government was keen on getting the “World Heritage City” encryption for Delhi by UNESCO by undertaking conservation-oriented development projects and other related strategies and INTACH had been pursuing this through several conservation projects undertaken on behalf of the Delhi Government during the last decade, both sides have now agreed to work together towards their common goal. The Delhi Government would also be setting up a Heritage Task Force comprising the Chief Minister as chairperson, the Chief Secretary as member-secretary and 21 other official and non-official members for channelising the energies in the right direction.

Under the MoU, signed in the presence of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, the Delhi Government would monitor activities being undertaken by INTACH and provide the required support. It would also assist INTACH in obtaining information on various issues. INTACH would provide expertise and consultancy to the Delhi Government for meeting the objective of projecting Delhi as a “World Heritage City”.

INTACH would also help the Government in formulating heritage-related architectural and urban design schemes and policies, formulating a comprehensive scheme for beautification and lighting monuments during the Commonwealth Games, facilitating the applications to be made by the Government to UNESCO for the encryption of Delhi as a “World Heritage City”, and undertaking conservation related works and projects assigned by the Delhi Government.