Telangana State government has finally issued a notification thus paving the way for constituting State Heritage Authority, District Heritage and Precincts Committees, and Greater Hyderabad Heritage Precincts Committee. The notification has been issued four years after bringing in a new law to protect heritage in the state.
The Chief Secretary will be the Chairman of the apex State Heritage Authority, and the Secretaries, Tourism and Culture, Municipal Administration and Urban Development, Education, and Finance will be members. Director, Department of Heritage will be the member convenor.
There will be a District Heritage and Precincts Committee (DPHC) for each district except Greater Hyderabad. Headed by the District Collector concerned, it will have the Superintendent of Police, Additional Collector, District Forest Officer, District Education Officer, District Tourism Officer, District Town and Country Planning Officer As members. Assistant Director, Department of Heritage, will be member convenor. Two experts from archaeology, heritage, history background will be co-opted members.
The government also constituted Greater Hyderabad Heritage and Precincts Committee (GHHC) for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC)/Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) area. GHMC Commissioner will be the Chairman and Metropolitan Commissioner, HMDA the Co-Chairman.
According to the Government Order, two experts from archaeology, heritage, history background will be co-opted members.
The heritage committees have a key role to play in protection and decision-making about built heritage and heritage sites. In the absence of these committees, the state has lost a number of heritage sites in Hyderabad and its surrounding areas.