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World Heritage Week Special: City still awaits Heritage Committee

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Nashik: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) is still waiting for its Heritage Committee to form. The attempt to make heritage committee was made in the year 2007 but was failed due to the technical issue, as the officials of the NMC failed to seek nod from the state government.

Recently, the former municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe also took some steps ahead to form the heritage committee, but after his transfer, things are again back to square one.  The temporary committee was found in the year 2000, which included Ex IAS officer Girish Gokhale, former principal of KK Wagh Engineering College prof Vyankat Chalaiya, Structural Consultant KS Agashe, Praful Karkhanis, Vinayak Patil experienced personnel from environment department, AS Aurangabadkar, city engineer of NMC and assistant director of archaeology department.

The committee was again formed in the year 2007 with Girish Gokhale, KS Agashe, Praful Karkhanis, Vinayak Patil, NMC city engineer and director of archaeology. This time the committee was formed on permanent basis but was unfortunately dissolved as it failed to take permission from the state.

An official from NMC informed, “The NMC could have become the third corporation with Heritage Committee after Mumbai and Kolhapur corporations. The NMC failed to take a nod from the state government. Now the rules have changed the decision could be taken easily at the corporation level.”

The officials from archeology department said, “The committee is very important in a city like Nashik, as the committee plays a very important role in protecting any monument in the civic limit. The committee secures the nearby area of monuments; decide about the constructions nearby monument and its effect on that monument. The lack of committee may have affected many monuments already,”

At that time the officials also added that the city of Nashik has a potential to be a heritage city like Varanasi. The city is very rich with history and historical monuments. Each and every corner of the city is historical and is dated from prehistoric times to recent British era.

There are more than 86 monuments in the city which are unprotected and neglected and more than 56 in District. The local bodies should also take positive steps to conserve our heritage.

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