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Major conservation plan presented for President's House, New Dehli
The Indian Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) comprehensive management plan for Rashtrapati Bhavan

Restoration of Presidents House, gardens and grounds to its original state as designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens

The Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Dehli
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The Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Dehli
The Indian Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has prepared a comprehensive management plan for Rashtrapati Bhavan (President’s  House) in New Dehli. Built as the residence of the Viceroy in British India the palace and 330 acre estate has been much changed since the 1930s. Now President Pranab Mukherjee has commissioned this study to restore it to the palace and grounds to its original state as designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens from 1911 and completed in 1931. The Central Public Works Department commissioned INTACH to prepare this study. INTACH is the main Indian architectural and nature conservation charity. The convenor of INTACH’S Delhi Chapter, Professor A.G.K. Menon, put together a team of over forty experts in the field of architectural conservation, urban design, and landscape. For the preparation of the report. INTACH’s mandate was to identify the original planning principles of Rashtrapati Bhavan and also its relation to the overall Master Plan of New Delhi in terms of urban and landscape design. The 130 hectare estate includes both Mughal-style Gardens and English style informal landscape gardens. The connections with New Delhi centre on the grand avenue, Rajpath Road, leading to the war memorial and stadium west of the Yamuna River. The management plan states that the Grade 1 Heritage Building is a ‘living heritage’ building, given its role as the residence and office of the President of India. The plan was presented to the President in June 2014. Parallel with this is the bid for New Dehli to be listed as a World Heritage Site : the decision date for this bid is expected to be 2015.

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The Hindu, 29 June 2014


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19. Jul 2014
Reported by Robert Holden, London


urban planning (en), landscape conservation (en), heritage conservation (en)

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