Charter for the Conservation of Unprotected Architectural Heritage and Sites in IndiaVersion Adapted at INTACH Convention on /04Version. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) is a non-profit charitable organisation registered under the Societies’ Registration Act, Aline de Carvalho Luther Indian Heritage the process to INTACH’s Charter The Indian heritage is recognized by all nations as one of the most antique and.

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From the 16th century European powers such as Portugal, Netherlands, France, and Great Britain made presence in India for commercial trades and took advantage of internal conflicts to establish colonies. It emphasises that the objectives of conservation, far from being synonymous with conservatism and anti-development, in fact promote development in order to protect the heritage.

However, INTACH has identified 1, buildings and 26 historic urban areas possessing significant heritage value, which need to be conserved.

But the ground has shifted from under its feet. In selecting a building, particular attention should be paid to the following:. Due to several causes those buildings needed regular care and repair, including partially or complete dismantling for repairing reasons.

Retrieved from ” https: The primary aim of listing is to document the fast disappearing built heritage and then present it to scholars and the general public charyer a user-friendly format, intacn aids conservation by generating public awareness.

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A Conservation Policy for India: Over the last decade and a half, several heritage zone plans for historic cities have been drafted and accommodated in the master plans of those cities.

The practice of conservation is complex and contentious anywhere, but in India, because of certain unique historical, cultural and political circumstances, it appears even more so.


This is also in conformity with the provisions of the 73rd and 74th lntach to the Constitution.

Town planners direct their attention towards development not conservation. ASI has an international reputation for its history but, as Professor Intaach said [ Even in some protected monuments the Charter is applied, repairing some parts of the monument the way it used to be. In general, Heritage Zones are sensitive development areas, which are a part of larger urban agglomeration possessing significant evidence of heritage.

Association with events, activities or patterns. This subject is really important for the charter and they give a definition about that, as followed.

For the patina in historic fabric, the line of thought is the same. Such reflexive action makes one suspect that what ails the ASI is not a lack of resources as it claims, but a lack of imagination.

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They want to keep the knowledge of traditional building alive and for that they allow rebuilding, repairing and restoring using same materials and techniques. This is one of the questions also pointed by Vikas Dilawari, a conservation architect, on the comments9 about the charter when it was only a project. As should be clear by now, I do not advocate fharter wholesale rejection of either a modernist or imtach indigenous agenda in architecture and conservation.

With the gradual development of industrialization and population growth in urban centers, the pressure to expand the historic cities were all the time bigger and the regulations of the constructions in some areas were necessary.

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Conservation architects also have an important advocacy role to play in promoting the conservation of unprotected architectural heritage and sites. F or example, indigenous practices could be formally sanctioned by the Indian charter to conserve legally unprotected buildings. The presence of foreigners in India has also made important changes into Indian heritage.


Methodology The determination of significance is the key component of cjarter. They are more concerned about retaining visual identity. Employment generation Conservation strategy must focus on the potential for employing xharter raj mistris, labour and materials because this will prolong the economic viability of traditional ways iintach building.

The Indian charter will have to formulate public education strategies to garner public support for its implementation. These possibilities imbue contemporary conservation practice with an ambiguity seldom experienced elsewhere.

The Register of Craftspeople is, therefore, essential to viewing the architectural heritage in a holistic manner. Some Grade II buildings, however, and all other listed buildings and sites, i. As they allow reconstructions, minimal intervention and minimal chadter of fabric are not points to be concerned.

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Krishna Menon, a conservationist architect wrote: In due course, this database should be made more comprehensive and the information compiled should be available online.

Listing and protection is a role for governmental organizations not for the NGOs that are trying hard to protect the Indian heritage.

The main lesson learnt from these exercises is that the vision of both the urban planner and the archaeologist is the real impediment to achieving ihtach objectives of conservation. This is subjecting the hegemony of ASI ideology and chartee to critical examination. They are assuming a contemporary posture, working with the traditional building skills that perdure until our days, keeping them alive.

Neither town planners nor the ASI has a clue about how to deal with the concept of urban heritage.