Mysore, July 31 (KCU&RK)- Sentimental feelings attached to heritage buildings should never be replaced by materialistic thoughts, pointed out Urban Development and District In-Charge Minister S. Suresh Kumar.

He was speaking after inaugurating a four-day workshop on 'Heritage towns/ cities planning' which began at Rani Bahadur Conference Hall of Bahadur Institute of Management Studies in Manasagangotri here today.

About 150 delegates associated with urban development from Hyderabad, Delhi, Amritsar and other cities in India, along with a few from abroad, are participating in the workshop organised under the joint auspices of Directorate of Karnataka Town and Country Planning, Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development & Finance Corporation and the UNESCO.

Referring to the grandeur of the city, Suresh Kumar pointed out that the State had numerous heritage structures, with Mysore heading the list of such cities. "The Government House standing upright and still alluring even after 205 years is a testimony to the preservation of heritage buildings in city. Such structures which speak volumes of history, culture and heritage should not be eclipsed by real estate activity which would destroy the essence of heritage," reiterated the Minister.

Mayor Sandesh Swamy pointed out to the Minister that the city boasts of about 120 heritage buildings, but hardly one or two of them have been gazetted by the government. He regretted that local bodies cannot protect the structures effectively without government notifying the structures as heritage.

MLAs H.S. Shankaralingegowda, S.A. Ramdas and M. Satyanarayana, Deputy Commissioner Harsha Gupta, MUDA Commissioner P.C. Jayanna, MCC Commissioner K.S. Raikar, Dist. Dy Director Monica Kaskari, Urban Development Secretary Shambu Dayal Meena, Planning Dept. Director S.B. Honnura, UNESCO Cultural Specialist Nicole Bolomey, Dy. Mayor Pushpalatha and others were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore