Bhopal: The Government of France has
shown interest in conservation of ancient heritages in two cities
of central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh namely Bhopal and Maheshwar.
Members of a French delegation called on Madhya Pradesh Urban
Administration and Development Minister Babulal Gaur here on
Wednesday and expressed their interest in this connection.
two-member French delegation comprised of Christian Lee Petit,
Managing Director Urban Planning City of Rheims (France) and Benjamin Gestin, Culture Representative at French embassy in
India. Ms Protima Dee, Project Manager, UNESCO India, New Delhi
also accompanied the French delegation.
The delegation members informed
the Urban Administration Minister that the French government is
interested in working of projects for conserving and augmenting
Bhopal city's ancient heritages like the French city of Rheims.
The French government has identified two cities of Madhya Pradesh
– Bhopal and Maheshwar – for conservation of their heritages under
its Indian Heritage Cities Network (I.H.C.N).
The delegation members informed that the heritage buildings of
Bhopal, which will be taken up for conservation and augmentation
works, include Sadar Manzil, Pari Bazaar and three ancient
reservoirs – Motia Talab, Siddique Hasan Khan Talab and Munshi
Hussain Khan Talab.
Gaur urged the delegation also to undertake conservation and
augmentation of Bhopal's famous buildings Taj Mahal, Benazir
building and Taj-ul-Masajid as also Gwalior's heritages. The
delegation gave assurance in this regard.
It may be mentioned that Urban Administration Minister Gaur
had visited French cities Rheims, Lorient and Paris in September
and October 2010. During his visit, Gaur had expressed desire
for chalking out a programme for maintenance of heritages on the
lines of Rheims city of France.