New railings lack heritage feel, panel wants them out 

The city’s heritage panel has written to the civic body, asking it to remove stainless steel railings that have been put up in the Fort area. The letter sent by Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee says these railings are “not in consonance with the heritage ambience of the precinct”.

About a couple of months ago, the civic body had put up the railings along the footpath abutting the Mumbai University’s campus that overlooks the Oval Maidan.

A few heritage panel members brought up the issue at a recent meeting. The heritage panel’s letter states: “Not to mention that this particular area comprises of many significant heritage structures and sites…” The letter even questions the need to install the railings along this road. and opines that they should be removed and the footpath should be restored.

The source added that at many spots in the Fort precinct—Kala Ghoda, outside CSMT and near Oval Maidan-—the railings have a heritage look to them, resembling old cast iron railings.

A heritage enthusiast, Atul Kumar from Nariman Point Churchgate Residents Association, said, “All over the world, great attention is paid to such details which define a heritage precinct. There is the need to standardise dividers also which have the same height and look,” she said.

Source: The Times of India

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