: Jun 26, 2019
The fight to save the 150-year-old Esplanade Mansion has gone global with the support from UK-based The International Committee on the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH). Two weeks after the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) said the iconic structure needs to be preserved, the president of TICCIH wrote to MHCC urging them to prevent the demolition of the Esplanade Mansion.
Ticcih supports UNESCO's advisors, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and its work for the World Heritage Committee, especially with regard to World Heritage nominations and evaluations of sites with industrial components. ICOMOS had written to MHADA, the BMC, the Urban Development Department and the Chief Minister on June 10 offering to give technical guidance for the conservation of the building.
After their last meeting on June 12, members of MHCC unanimously agreed that the Esplanade Mansion should be preserved and simply recommended that a thorough analysis of the possibility of preserving the original structure should be taken up. The committee also suggested that the review should be made by a committee of conservation experts.