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
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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.
Source of Report
The Hindu, 29 June 2014 http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/plan-to-restore-rashtrapati-bhavan/article4862001.ece
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