This decision was taken in the recent heritage committee meeting held under the chairmanship of G S Sandhu, advisor to the state government. The plan will be prepared on the basis of the guidelines given by UNESCO.
The plan will be prepared to bring the heritage form and property back to its original shape. There will be other planning including road width, land use, park, drainage system, sewerage system.
Apart from this, a separate detailed plan will be prepared for the development of chaukris. An official said, “A total of 1,500 havelis are marked heritage inside the Walled City. Out of this, the detailed report of about 600 is prepared, but the work of the rest is pending. The deadline for this is also being fixed.”
Moreover, separate building bylaws will be prepared for the Walled City and process will be expedited to notify the guidelines.
An official said, the world heritage committee outlines six points including, constitution of heritage committee to monitor activities, heritage assessment before every project, preparation of detailed list of heritage structures and buildings, safeguard city from developmental pressures, declaration of area as ‘no construction’ and to prepare Special Area Heritage Plan by 2021.
The Walled City was listed as a Unesco site in 2019 with the commitment to preserve its cultural and architectural heritage. However, heritage city continues to crumble despite getting the coveted tag.
A senior official at town planning wing said, “We have devised the policies considering all points mentioned by the committee. But implementing agencies are in deep slumber. The Unesco team review was scheduled in December; however, it was postponed due to the pandemic. If encroachment continues, there would be a threat to the Unesco tag, in a similar way like Ahmedabad is facing.”