B. Other matters:

1. Inclusion of modern Post-Independence iconic buildings in heritage list – criteria thereof.

The above matter was considered by the HCC at its various meetings including on 10.09.2013, 12.11.2013, 08.05.2014, 11.08.2014 and 31.12.2015. As per HCC’s observations, the matter in respect of the criteria adopted was taken up with various authorities including authorities abroad. Response have been received from Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), Ahmedbad Municipal Corporation as well as Chennai Metropolitan area authority only. Further the relevant information have also been collected in respect of the following:

  1. Auckland Council
  2. Ontario Regulations
  3. Heritage for Ireland

The matter was discussed with a view to have an in-depth examination of the issue which has wide implementations. The HCC decided to constitute a Sub-Committee comprising of the following, who would submit its report to HCC within 3 months:

1. Shri Samir Mathur, Member HCC .... Chairman of Sub-Committee
2. Dr. Narayani Gupta, Member HCC .... Member Sub-Committee
3. Chief Planner, TCPO, Member HCC .... Member Sub-Committee
4. ADG (Arch.), Member HCC .... Member Sub-Committee

2. Representations against demolition of Hall of Nation etc., Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

The matter was taken up in context of various representations received on the subject including from M/s Raj Rewal Associates, INTACH etc. The members of the HCC expressed their views in the matter. The HCC observed that under the relevant clause of Unified Building bye-laws of Delhi, the HCC regulations apply only to heritage sites precincts/ Natural feature areas, the list of which has been notified by the Government of NCT of Delhi.

The building about which the representations have been received does not figure in the notified list of heritage buildings/precincts/Natural feature areas. The HCC, therefore, observed that it cannot consider any such matter which does not fall within its purview as per the mandate of the Committee.

Hence, the representation is not accepted.