Monday, April 7, 2014

Call to conserve Bidar’s architectural heritage

World Monument Fund representatives visited Bidar recently to visit important monuments and discuss plans to protect them with officials.

Mark Weber, field projects director, and Amita Baig, WMF representative in India visited the Karez system of underground water canals, the fort gates and the triple moat surrounding the royal enclosure in the fort on Monday.

Later, they held discussions with historians like B.R. Konda, and officials of the district administration.

Mr. Weber said that in Bikaner, Rajasthan, the city municipal council and NGOs had organised a Watch Day with the theme of ‘Keep Bikaner Clean’. He suggested celebrating Watch Day in Bidar with a similar theme. This would contribute towards creating awareness about the heritage of the city and the need to conserve it, he said.

Ms. Baig appreciated the plans of the district administration to organise an international seminar on the Karez systems in a few months. She assured of all technical support to the government in protection of monuments.

Deputy Commissioner P.C. Jaffer said the district administration was seeking the partnership of various agencies to protect monuments and promote tourism. Subir Hari Singh, chief advisor, Indian Heritage Cities Network, Ujjwal Kumar Ghosh, Zilla Panchayat chief executive officer, Sunil Panwar, deputy conservator of forests, were present.

Suggest organising a ‘Watch Day’ to spread awareness on cultural conservation