Precinct Development Plan

Ranganatha Swamy Temple Grounds, Srirangapatna, Karnataka
The Ranganathaswamy Temple Grounds forms the religious heart of the island town of Srirangapatna and has for long acted as a multi-functional open area for the entire town. The grounds is slowly being misappropriated in several instances due to the lack of monitoring or environmental design that regulated activity. The precinct development plan aims at reclaiming the public multi-functional space but that caters to the needs of locals & tourists while enhancing the nature of surrounding heritage related buildings through design interventions are minimal but progressive.
Heritage Precinct Development Plan, Udupi, Karnataka
Udupi is one of the fast-growing coastal areas of Karnataka. HRMP for Udupi prepared by IHCNF in 2015 identifies 51 precincts for future heritage-based development. Three heritage precincts, the Udupi Heritage Core area, Manipal Lake Precinct and Hastkala village and Maple Natural heritage precinct were identified for preparation of precinct development plans in order to protect heritage, encourage economic generation, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse and safeguard its intangible heritage. The plan proposes restoration and reuse of the Government Board school, restoration and adaptive reuse of the police headquarters and provision of tourism infrastructure and amenities in the historic core of the city, Hasty Shilpa heritage village, and development of Udupi Sante.
Devaraja Market Heritage Precinct, Mysore Karantaka

The plan was a follow up to a workshop on “Planning tools for urban heritage conservation and development of Mysore” held in November 2011. It was convened by Government of Karnataka, Mysore City Corporation (MCC) and IHCNF and was led by Mr. Paul Trouilloud, Architect, and Town Planner, French Ministry of Culture and Mr. Gerard Gasselin, Town Planner, France and part of collaborative activities between ANVPAH and IHCNF. The Plan led to the identification of a heritage conservation area, namely the ‘Devaraja Market Heritage Precinct’ and defining the regulations and guidelines for its conservation and development. The plan prepared by Pierangelo Cacciotti and Paul Trouilloud is addressed towards the local planning authority as additional planning guidance supporting heritage aware decisions on proposed developments, building permits and all private and public works within the Precinct Area.

Lansdowne Building and Land Appur- tenant development, Mysore, Karnataka

Lansdowne building is a 120-year old structure at the heart of the city of Mysore. Being in a state of despair for long, a portion of the roof collapsed in August 2012 killing 4 people instantly. Combating strong movement for the demolition of the building, IHCNF strongly appealed that the building should be declared a heritage building and conserved. Through support from the youth, the local people and Facebook campaign called ‘Save Lansdowne Building’ the campaign was a success and the government declared Lansdowne as a heritage structure and stopped its demolition. Subsequently, IHCNF assisted the Municipal Corporation of Mysore in the preparing of estimates for the restoration and repair of the building. IHCNF verified and gave the necessary specifications and proposals for the infrastructure development of the building and land Appurtenant. Since 2016 IHCNF has been monitoring the implementation of conservation works on the building.

Development of Heritage Walk in the Historic Market Precincts of Bidar, Karnataka

IHCNF has identified and proposed two Heritage Walk routes in the historic city of Bidar. The historic market precincts of Bidar has been included as part of it and proposed for revitalization and infrastructural development. The proposed project will help in improving the entire market cluster showing Bidar Trade, which forms a distinct cultural and socio– economic landscape of the old town. The market precinct includes the market square at Usman Gunj (Gold Market), the vegetable market at Mahboob Gunj, the small square called Qureshi Market or metal market and the long narrow stretch of clot line which connects the other three markets known as Azam Gunj.

Conservation & Development Plan for ‘Karez’ system at Naubad, Bidar

In 2012 IHCNF initiated a study of Bidar’s Karez system initially under the framework of a 3 year MOU with the Government of Karnataka (GOK) and with the support of the District Administration. An initial research report was submitted to GoK in 2014 with a proposal for a revitalization of the Karez and its neighborhood. The State Government subsequently sanctioned funds for starting the de-silting work in the Karez which is being undertaken since May 2015. In 2015 the project received impetus with the funding support of Deccan Heritage Foundation (DHF) enabling detailed studies and investigations & preparation of a DPR for implementation. An MOU with UNESCO Category-II institute (c.2016) called the International Centre for Qanat and Historic Hydraulic Structures, Iran (ICQHS)
and IIT Hyderabad further helped in getting technical guidance for the project.


IHCNF got registered as a Trust on 27th March 2009 establishing it as an independent Indian organization. Its secretariat was initially set up in Mysore, Karnataka with the support of Government of Karnataka.

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