PUDUCHERRY: The newly-formed citizens forum of Puducherry and Auroville - People for Pondicherry’s Heritage - has expressed the need for immediate action to save the heritage buildings and appealed to the Territorial government and all concerned to come together and save the ‘treasure’ of Puducherry.
Stating that the same fate should not befall other heritage buildings like the Marie building, the members of the forum, while speaking to presspersons on Friday, said that as a first step , the government should erect scaffoldings to prevent structural damages to vulnerable buildings. They said the condition of existing buildings should be assessed technically and then as per recommendations be renovated.
The forum said there were lots of funding options that can be availed of and the Puducherry government can approach Ministry of Culture, Tourism as well as the Archaeological Survey of India, which has provision of funding to maintain such heritage structures. Even the French Consulate and French Embassy in India could be approached to support the cause, it said.
The forum also urged the government to come up with a legislation in this regard.
The forum would petition the Prime Minister, Home Minister, HRD Minister, French Ambassador, French Consul General in Puducherry, Lieutenant Governor, Chief Minister, Chief Secretary and others, seeking their role in saving the heritage buildings.
Further, to draw immediate attention to this need and pay tribute to the Marie building, a candlelight vigil in front of Marie will be organised on Sunday.