Bengaluru lost Krumbiegel Hall, let's save aquarium: Intach

Bengaluru lost Krumbiegel Hall, let's save aquarium: Intach

The demolition of the Krumbiegel Lecture Hall, over 100-year-old heritage symbol of the city, drew protests from the concerned   citizens and the members of Indian National Trust for Art and Heritage (Intach) on Sunday.

The hall dedicated to Gustav Hermann Krumbiegel, the German botanist who gave shape to Lalbagh, was brought down on Wednesday after the officials chose to ignore two detailed project reports that recommended for its restoration.

"We have lost a priceless part of our heritage. We want the government to restore the aquarium which has been left in a dilapidated state. Our focus is on preventing demolition of another heritage building," said Aravind Chandramihan of Intach.

The aquarium building, said to be over 150-year-old, was part of Intach's proposal for restoration.

Intach co-convener Meera Iyer said it was high time the government set up a dedicated department to protect and conserve heritage monuments. "The present system doesn't ensure monitoring of monuments. The government should survey the structures that are part of our history and heritage and come out with a policy to protect them, including the private ones," she said.

Suresh Moona, who has written extensively on Bengaluru's history, said in cities like London, the government gives incentives to owners of private properties that are part of the heritage. "Historical buildings are not mere physical structures. They represent coming together of ideas and history. They are as important as a human being," he said.

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