Meet to discuss on heritage cities from today

Heritage city Mysore is all set to host third biennial conference on ‘Indian Heritage Cities Network’ at Infosys campus, Hootgalli here from May 14 to 17.

The meet has been organised under the aegis of Indian Heritage Cities Network Foundation in association with Mysore City Corporation (MCC) and State Government.

Minister for Urban Development S Suresh Kumar will inaugurate the conference at  6 pm, in the presence of Minister for Medical Education and District In-charge S A Ramdas, Mayor Pushpalatha T B Chikkanna, Secretary to Urban Development Department Subheer Hari Singh, Rithi Vinay, chairperson of the foundation told media here on Friday.

Delegates from within and outside the country are expected to descend on the city. The meet will deliberate on framing policies for the development of heritage cities. On May 15, there is a talk on ‘Urban Mobility, besides discussion on traffic, encroachment among others.

She said that the country has the best cities with heritage value and the need of the hour is exchanging the information. Hampi and Pattadakal have been declared as heritage sites, and Mysore is the member of heritage cities network.

MCC Commissioner K S Raykar said that the office of the foundation in Delhi is shifting to Mysore and is expected to function from June.

A good old building opposite Fire Brigade in Saraswathipuram will be the office. The office will be inaugurated on May 14 at 5 pm.

The commissioner said that 262 buildings here are categorised as heritage. However, most of the them are in pathetic state and a draft has been readied to conserve them. The draft will help any such buildings from extinction.

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