“HERITAGE BUILDINGS NEED TO BE TRANSFORMED INTO ECONOMIC ASSETS FOR THE SOCIETY”
– Chairman, INTACH
Instead of demolishing heritage buildings which contributes to global warming, attempts should be made to convert them into economic assets. Economic benefit needs to be derived from these properties as an alternative to paying for its maintenance and upkeep on a regular basis. This was informed by Chairman, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Maj. Gen. (Retd.) L.K. Gupta. He was speaking at the Rajasthan State Level Meet of INTACH held at Hotel Clarks Amer on Sunday.
The Chairman further added that INTACH is working earnestly for the protection of natural heritage, geo-heritage, waterbodies, stepwells, sacred groves, wall paintings as well as rock paintings. The organisation is also engaged in mapping of natural heritage in the Thar Desert area. Since local communities understand their natural resources better, there is need to document and implement their techniques into modern planning, he said. Furthermore, the Thar Desert region specially needs to be preserved as a ‘hot spot’ and not allow further greening for meteorological reasons.
Speaking about water harvesting in Rajasthan, General Gupta said that all Convenors of INTACH from various Chapters of Rajasthan who lead the heritage awareness drives in various parts of Rajasthan are working relentlessly to revive the traditional wisdom of water conservation in the State. Attempts are also being made to collaborate with the State Government to distribute INTACH publication – ‘Hands On Heritage’ to all schools of Rajasthan in order to sensitise the young generation towards local heritage conservation.
Earlier, State Co-Convenor, INTACH, Ms. Dharmendar Kanwar welcomed all delegates. Additional State Co-Convenor, INTACH, Hari Singh Palkiya invited all the Convenors and delegates to present their activity reports and future proposals for heritage conservation. Other than this, Principal Director, Natural Heritage Division, INTACH, Mr. Manu Bhatnagar presented a proposal of Rajasthan’s water bodies and other natural sites which have been documented by INTACH.