Charter for the Conservation of Unprotected Architectural Heritage and Sites in IndiaVersion Adapted at INTACH Convention on /04Version. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) is a non-profit charitable organisation registered under the Societies’ Registration Act, Aline de Carvalho Luther Indian Heritage the process to INTACH’s Charter The Indian heritage is recognized by all nations as one of the most antique and.

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Such re-use distinguishes between preservation as an ideal on the one hand and, on the other, the goal to prolong the useful life of architectural heritage by retaining as much and not necessarily, all of the surviving evidence as a vestigial presence.

As should be clear by now, I do not advocate a wholesale rejection of either a modernist or an indigenous agenda in architecture and conservation. About the protection of the monuments in India Shyam Chainani said that Efforts to protect our heritage have been extremely weak and limited. SinceINTACH has pioneered the conservation and protection of India’s natural and cultural heritage and is today the largest membership organisation in the country dedicated to conservation.

In this context, continuity must be seen as evolving over time. But the outcome of this process should invariably be to grade the listed heritage into a hierarchical series. Rajpath in New Delhi. Methodology The determination of significance is the key component of methodology.

INTACH Charter

Additions of street furniture, pavement material, lighting, signage, etc. Railway stations, town halls, clubs, markets, water works etc.

Since old times foreigners were present in India. It is itach to recognise that the use of certain traditional building materials may be inadvisable on account of the damage this can cause to the natural ecological systems. These objects were originally exhibited in London in and then exhibited in India, forming the nucleus of the National Museum which was opened on 15th August This is the fundamental aspect of the Charter. It will serve as resource material for developing heritage conservation policies and regulations.

These remain as incomprehensible to the ASI as they were to its colonial predecessors. INTACH was founded in in New Delhi with the vision to create a membership organisation to stimulate and spearhead heritage awareness and conservation in India.


Today it has chapters in Indian cities, as well as chapters in Belgium [4] and the United Kingdom. Conservation, however, is a multi-disciplinary activity and conservation architects must work closely with professionals of other disciplines in order to address its diverse objectives. Rajiv GandhiPupul JayakarL. Colebrooke also was one time President of the Asiatic Society of Bengal.

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Monuments of importance to States are protected by the respective SDAs. But in India, the situation is ambiguous because imitation is the preferred strategy in craft production and to a large extent, determines the production of new architecture as well.

Our ability to understand these values depends, in part, on the degree to which information sources about these values may be understood as credible or truthful. The primary aim of listing is to document the fast disappearing built heritage and then present it to scholars and the general public in a user-friendly format, which aids conservation by generating public awareness.

The Indian charter should not view these legacies in oppositional terms; rather it should seek to weave them into an effective strategy to conserve the bulk of the extant architectural heritage of the country.

The diversity of protagonists is, of course, indicative of the marginalisation of professionals in the practice of conservation in India, but it also points to the complexity with which they must contend.

This sensibility was the product of the very particular English historical experience of the Romantic Movement and the industrial revolution on the one hand, and their interpretations as conservation ideology by such seminal thinkers as John Ruskin and William Morris on the other.

A Conservation Policy for India: It now uses funds raised by its international chapters in Belgium and the United Kingdom, to take up restoration, conservation and protection projects of historical structures and heritage buildings across India. Likewise, the needs of urban development should not be determined primarily on engineering or economic criteria — as it is at present — but should carefully take into account the characteristics that define the building and urban heritage of the historic town.


In those cases adaptation of uses happened and buildings got transformed and lost their character. Moreover, since the number of unprotected buildings vastly outnumbers the protected ones, applying indigenous techniques to the former might have the interesting effect of subverting a norm.

Whether it is the Archaeological Survey of India ASI or the increasing number of conservation architects working outside the ASI fold or even traditional masons, each operates within a blinkered worldview, oblivious to the larger context. Field work First and foremost it is necessary to cyarter out a field survey to identify the buildings and the areas to be listed. Francis Buchanan4, a Scottish physician, was appointed by Marquis of Wellesley, into survey Mysore, and in he was engaged to survey monuments and antiquities of the areas within the jurisdiction of the British East India Company, under the instructions of the government of Bengal.

Heritage conservation, legislative and organisational policies for India. Considering it as an option for new buildings will, inter aliaencourage inventive adaptive reuse of old buildings, and to the extent that it promotes and brings into the market traditional craftspeople and crafts, the production of new heritage buildings.

Integrated conservation Conservation of architectural heritage and sites must be integrated with the social and economic aspirations of society. This includes the restoration and conservation of the 16th century Reis Magos Fort in Goa[2] [14] [15] then inINTACH signed anouth a memorandum of understanding with the Government of Delhi for the conservation of 92 monuments in Delhi, in the preparation of the Commonwealth Games Listing must record such characteristics associated with these sites.

And when the conservation is found to be inadequate the option of replacing for another structure must be examined. It is pertinent to note that while the British government went on to make several amendments to their Act, the Indian Act was modelled after it.

The material is not dominant, but the technique, the knowhow. Krishna Menon, a conservationist architect wrote:

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