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Concern over loss of heritage buildings

Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: The Calicut Chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach) has expressed concern over the lack of awareness among the general public on the need to protect and conserve heritage buildings.

A meeting of the forum held here recently pointed to the rampant demolition of heritage buildings in the city.

Intach Calicut Chapter founder-member Janaki Ram presided over the meeting.

She said with the demolition of buildings, like the one housing the Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala, the peculiar charm and ambience of Kozhikode city had been lost forever.

A spacious ‘natakasala’ where Kathakali was also once part of the complex, she said.

While some of the heritage buildings of the Commonwealth Trust were demolished over time, other city landmarks too faced a similar fate, the forum noted.

Legislation

The absence of a legislation to preserve heritage buildings was the main reason for the present state of affairs. Owners of private heritage buildings needed to be sensitised on the need to preserve them, Ms. Ram said.

Intach Calicut Chapter president K. Mohan presided.

The forum appreciated the people’s campaign at Payyannur to protect the historically important old police station building.

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