Heritage and Environment – An Indian DiaryUDRI2021-09-20T11:28:32+00:00
HERITAGE & ENVIRONMENT
An Indian Diary – Shyam Chainani
“HERITAGE & ENVIRONMENT – An Indian Diary” is available for reference and purchase at UDRI Resource Centre.
This book is Shyam Chainani’s personal account of his involvement with the heritage movement in India. Focusing on the intrinsic link between heritage conservation and the environment, the author describes the many campaigns conducted by him and the NGO, the Bombay Environment Action Group (BEAG). Although the heritage movement essentially began in Bombay, Chainani describes how BEAG’s activities were extended around the country wherever and whenever the need arose. Their pioneering efforts have, in fact, influenced heritage conservation and legislation policies throughout India.
The author has written at length about the threatened dilution of the CRZ Regulation, which would be greatly detrimental to heritage sites in the country, given our long coastline and complex river systems. He has described Military Heritage and BEAG’s role in bringing, for the first time, the FSI concept into Cantonment Town and the amendment of the Cantonments Act 1924 to include provisions for protection of heritage. Other important issues discussed are the extension of the concept of heritage from the built form to natural heritage sites and the introduction of Eco Sensitive Zones.
The book is thus an invaluable record of the growing awareness about heritage and the environment in India, the processes and methodology involved and the interaction with Central and State authorities. The ceaseless determined and constructive labours of the author and BEAG have, over the past few years led to many positive changes in heritage legislation.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword – Naina Lal Kidwai
Preface and Acknowledgments
Shantinath Jain Temple
Elsewhere in Maharashtra: Aurangabad
Amravati & Bhandara Districts
Model Heritage Regulations & Natural Heritage
Eco Sensitive Zones
Mahabaleshwar & Panchgani
Costal Regulation Zone (CRZ)
Goa, Daman & Diu – Portugal in India
Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Nhava , Sheva & Two Ports – Battling for Green Belts
Sheva (Jawaharlal Nehru) Port
Underi and Khanderi
Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act (MRTP Act)