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The office of the Commissioner, Archaeology, Museums and Heritage Department has been set up in Mysore and Sri T.M.Vijay Bhaskar, I.A.S has taken over as the Commissioner on 11/2/2004 in the newly created post.

Duties and responsibilities

  • To identify and implement the heritage programmes in Mysore, Srirangapattana, Gulbarga, Bidar, Bijapur and Kittur to develop these places as heritage areas through the following programmes among others:
  • Identifying the heritage buildings and areas on the basis of their historical, architectural, environmental and ecological values and grading them.
  • To take up programmes of heritage conservation in association with public and private bodies.
  • The existing regulations and rules concerning heritage conservation will be studied and amendments proposed if required.
  • Publicity campaign to identify heritage buildings – heritage areas and to keep their vicinity clean and to create awareness among the public in this regard.
  • Publication on heritage towns, arranging exhibitions and bringing out small brochures on heritage conservation.
  • Creation of Heritage Fund in association with UNESCO, INTACH, Government of India, state government and other private bodies.
  • Preparation of maps of the above heritage areas through G.I.S., remote sensing and survey.
  • Production of documentary films and arranging cultural programmes.

What is Heritage building, precinct, conservation and preservation?

“Heritage building” means a building possessing architectural, aesthetic, historic or cultural values which is declared as heritage building by the Planning Authority/Heritage conservation committee or any other Competent Authority in whose jurisdiction such building is situated.

“Heritage precinct” means an area comprising heritage building or buildings and precincts thereof or related places that share wholly or partly certain common physical, social, cultural significance worth preservation and conservation.

“Conservation” of heritage buildings, structures, areas and precincts of historic or aesthetic, architectural or cultural or environmental significance involves maintenance, preservation, restoration of reconstruction based on requirements.

“Preservation” is a process involved in the maintenance necessary in order to maintain the building precinct or artifact in its present state and to prevent and to retard deterioration.

“Restoration” is the means necessary to return the fabric to its known earlier state, by means of the removal of accretion or resembling existing components or by the sensitive introduction of compatible materials.

Criteria for selection of heritage building

Any building depicting characteristics of historic, socio-cultural value, striking architectural or artistic significance in respect of style, design, use of construction material etc.

In the middle of the 19th century, the Public Works Department was organized in the Mysore State which had European engineers, and most of the State buildings naturally came to be constructed under their supervision. As they were conversant with the types of buildings based on the five classic orders viz., Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian and Composite, these buildings were raised in the manner of Italian or French Renaissance with classic details. The Oriental Research Institute, the Maharaja’s College, the District Offices, the Law Court buildings, and the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion are some specimen of Renaissance buildings.

Building with architectural significance and traditional values are considered for their preservation and conservation. These buildings/structures/monuments play an important side in the history of the Region as well as the State in general which requires proper maintenance. Some buildings/structures are in endangered condition; some requires strengthening, while mere maintenance is sufficient for some buildings/ structures.

For this purpose, an inventory of such buildings upon which the heritage status has been conferred is to be undertaken.

In case of Mysore heritage area listing of built and natural heritage of Mysore will be taken up in phases.

In the first phase a survey to identify buildings, structures, spaces, precincts, natural components, cultural routes and cultural spaces, which have contributed to the environment of the city had been taken up by members of Mysore Agenda Task Force (MATF).

Criteria for listing of heritage buildings

1. SERIAL NUMBER

2. DESCRIPTION OF BUILDINGS / PRECINCTS AND ITS ARCHITECTURE, TECHNIC AND MATERIALS USED IN ITS CONSTRUCTION, AVAILABLE INSCRIPTIONS, SCULPTURES, PAINTINGS, ARTIFACTS AND OTHER DETAILS

a) PERIOD

b) OWNER / USER

c) BUILDING TYPE

d) PAST USE

e) PRESENT USE

3. LOCATION

4.SIGNIFICANCE

5. DRAWINGS AND PHOTO DOCUMENTATION

6. STATUS

7. PROPOSAL FOR RESTORATION AND CONSERVATION

Objectives of preserving and conserving the heritage areas

Conservation of heritage buildings/structures at Mysore, Srirangapattana, Bijapur, Bidar, Gulbarga and Kittur areas by obtaining technical consultancy services of experts in restoration and conservation of heritage structures in accordance with Karnataka Public Procurement Act 2001.

  • Extensive campaigns, training and workshops for local people to create awareness about preservation of heritage buildings.
  • Programme of recreating the old and traditional ambience of these heritage areas.
  • Formation of heritage clubs in select High Schools, Pre-University, Degree colleges and publicity for cleanliness and preservation of heritage buildings, arranging quiz programmes, participation of students as volunteers in the open day celebrations of heritage buildings, involving public to participate in the programmes of protection and cleanliness of heritage buildings/areas.
  • In order to co-ordinate the proposed activities in the heritage areas the concerned Deputy Commissioners are involved and local heritage conservation and development clubs are established for students.
    Erection of signage boards near heritage areas/precincts and heritage buildings.
  • Access to public for entry in to heritage buildings on a fixed day in an year.
  • Organization of exhibitions related to heritage during Dasara and other district festivals.
  • Publication of guide books, brochures, pamphlets related to history, heritage and conservation of heritage areas. Two guide books will be published for the benefit of public especially for owners of the heritage buildings and technical persons such as engineers, architects, supervisors who are involved in the restoration and conservation works.

Work so far undertaken

  1. Preliminary activities related to preservation and consdrvation of heritage buildings/structures and areas in Mysore, Srirangapattana, Bijapur, Bidar, Gulbarga and Kittur are in progress.
  2. Commissioner, Heritage, Archaeology and Museums conducted meetings with concerned Deputy Commissioners, local officers, archaeologists, historians, artists, environmentalists, urban planners, conservation architects, senior citizens of respective heritage areas at Mysore, Srirangapattana, Bijapur, Bidar, Gulbarga and Kittur and obtained action plans for developing and conserving these heritage areas.
  3. Proposal for formation of six heritage conservation committees for these heritage areas under the chairmanship of concerned Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner, Urban Development Authority as member-secretary has been made. Likewise a proposal has been made for the constitution of a sub-committee under the Chairmanship of Commissioner, Heritage, Archaeology and Museums for Karnataka Heritage Task Force (which serves as a standing committee) and Karnataka Heritage Task Force Committee under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka, will steer the various conservation and development programmes of Heritage of Karnataka.
  4. Draft regulation for conservation of Heritage sites including buildings, heritage precincts and natural features of environmental significance or sites of scenic beauty to be incorporated in Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act, 1961 has been proposed to Secretary, Urban Development in consultation and discussion with Director, Town Planning Department and Deputy Secretary, Law Department.
  5. Expressions of interest were invited from eligible persons to render Technical Consultancy Services for restoration and conservation of heritage buildings/structures in six heritage areas.
 
 
 
 
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