In a landmark step, state finance minister Jayant Patil has announced a fresh grant of Rs 15 crore for the preservation of heritage structures in the city during the next financial year 2009-10. This allocation follows the positive response generated by a similar allocation in the previous budget. Several important buildings that are over a hundred years old have suffered structural damage because of decades of neglect. There is immense need to take concrete measures to repair them before these heritage structures of our city deteriorate further. The aesthetic value of the structures would be enhanced once these structures are restored to their original grandeur. After the previous allocation, a five-member committee under the chairmanship of the city collector identified five monuments to be taken up for restoration. Plans for these are being finalised, with work set to begin on the first, the Town Hall, next month. Heritage activists have welcome the state finance minister Jayant Patil’s move calling it a truly a pioneering step. Sana Warsia – NMTV News.
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