July 12, 2011
CM constitutes Heritage Commission
Kolkata, July 12: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee appointed new members for the Heritage Commission.
The Heritage Commission has recommended to set up a museum. The commission, alongwith other works, will take up the mammoth task of restoring the buildings. The new panel members have decided to tap foreign funds through international agencies like UNESCO and ADB and by roping in countries like France and UK.
The Committee will create a formal list of Heritage sites and buildings. The entries will be made after going through the list of heritage buildings all over the state. It shall be done in consultation with the district magistrates who will submit a report after conducting a study of the respective heritage areas..
The commission has also decided to install memorial plaques in such areas in the city which have some historical background. Everything special to Bengal which includes songs, Bengal’s age-old weaving (tant), the terracotta in Bishnupur will be represented in the museum.
However, the positive aspect of formation of this commission will be reaching out to the unknown destinations and sites of archeological importance. The heritage committee will work in tandem with the heritage commission and decide on crucial matters together.
The heritage commission has entrusted Dr Sugata Bose with preparing a report on the heritage structures of North Bengal in consultation with the vice-chancellor of North Bengal University.