Hyderabad may get a master plan to monetise its centuries-old heritage. “We can have an inventory of heritage sites; develop a tourism circuit the way Gujarat and Rajasthan have done. It will bring in tourists and also involve the community,” said Arvind Kumar, Principal Secretary, Municipal Administration and Urban Development department, at a workshop on ‘Understanding Conservation of Cultural Heritage’ here on Monday.Organised jointly by UNESCO and Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), the workshop saw specialist speakers sharing their views on conservation and rehabilitating monuments with officials drawn from town planning and engineering sections in Telangana municipalities. “I want you to understand the historical significance. Understand the processes and then adopt a heritage building and work towards restoring it. Involve the community, show them the economic benefits. Budget will not be an issue,” Mr. Kumar told the participants at the workshop.Delhi exampleEarlier, AKTC CEO Ratish Nanda shared his experience of working with the community in the Nizamuddin area in Delhi and restoring the Humayun’s tomb. “For its World Heritage Site, UNESCO is looking at originality, integrity and authenticity. The Humayun’s tomb is big and considered a precursor to the Taj Mahal but it is on UNESCO list because it… Read full this story
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