Heritage Conservation Committee

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : May 12, 2022, 6:37

Numerous buildings in India have a unique architectural structure that makes them special, and these sites also carry great historical value. The Heritage Conservation Committee was set up in 1983, under the chairmanship of the Additional Secretary, Ministry of Affairs, under the provision of section 23, to protect and preserve these heritage buildings around Delhi.

Heritage Conservation Committee Activities

These conservation committees are set up at the state level. And any local body or government must consult the Heritage Conservation Committee before getting permission. These heritage buildings are graded for developmental activities by these committees.

Gradings Offered by the Heritage Conservation Committee

Grade I - the Heritage Conservation Committee designates Grade I to heritage properties rich in historical values and architectural structure, which makes it exclusive. Any amendments in the interior or exterior are not possible unless it is related to strengthening such sites and upgrading is inevitable.

Grade II - Generally comprising the local landmarks and symbolising a region's identity and impression, the Grade II buildings also have historical value, architectural uniqueness, and local or regional importance. Adaptive reprocessing and HCC permission for allowing changes are certainly for the property's benefit.

Grade III - the heritage properties that evoke architectural or sociological interests and internal modifications and adaptive reuse of buildings are allowed to come under the grade III categories of heritage sites.

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Heritage Conservation Committee Aims and Objectives

The heritage commission committee aims to restore structural and architectural elements and reconstruct the portions that have collapsed or demand repairing to match the existing characteristics. For instance, The Supreme Court late cleared the central Vista Project that covered three kilometres between the Rashtrapati Bhawan and the India gate. The HCC has approved the construction of the New Parliament.

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Applicability to the Heritage Conservation Committee

The following are the applicability and control of the Heritage Conservation Committee.

  • The regulations of the Heritage Conservation Committee apply to heritage sites such as artefacts, buildings, areas of Delhi, 2016 and structural issues listed in Unified Building By-Laws.
  • The commissioner of Delhi Municipal Corporation or the Vice-chairman of the development authority takes into account 908 notified buildings. The list is prepared by the National Disaster Management Committee, Delhi development authority.
  • The last regulatory clearance project was recently approved by the Heritage Conservation Committee and was related to the new Parliament construction.
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FAQs on Heritage Conservation Committee

Q1. What is the Heritage Conservation Committee?

Ans: Heritage Conservation Committee is set under the chairmanship of Additional Secretary, Ministry of affairs, as per provisions of Section 23 in Delhi Building Bye-Laws, 1983 to conserve and preserve heritage buildings in the country.

Q2. How many gradings are offered by the Heritage Conservation Committee?

Ans: there are three gradings offered by the Heritage Conservation Committee, Grade I, II and III

Q3. Who are the members of the Heritage Conservation Committee?

Ans: The committee head, Additional secretary of the ministry of Affairs are members of the Heritage Conservation Committee.

Q4. When was the Heritage Conservation Committee formed, and who is the current chairman?

Ans: The Heritage Conservation Committee was formed in 1983, and the current chairperson is Kamran Rizvi.

Q5. What is the applicability of the Heritage Conservation Committee?

Ans: The regulations of the Heritage Conservation Committee apply to heritage sites such as artefacts, buildings, areas of Delhi, 2016 and structural issues listed in Unified Building By-Laws.