Heritage conservation plans for vernacular Goan houses

The minister for Town and Country Planning Goa, Vijay Sardesai’s board has adopted and approved for a comprehensive development plan for the state. It outlays a major initiative towards heritage conservation in the form of “Goan Tinto Project”. Through this project, the government intends to make initiatives for building conservation and restoration. The inception of heritage walks is also being considered. The scheme would promote the rich architectural heritage and history of Goa. As part of the scheme, the Dambab Talli water-body is to be earmarked for conservation and beautification. Heritage conservation is being proposed for the Hospicio premises including the Fr. Miranda Centre.
The board is also formulating a scheme for intensive heritage homestays and hotels in the state. Therefore, they seek to conserve heritage houses that are built in the vernacular Goan style of architecture. Through this initiative, the board has attempted to reach out to those individuals who wish to restore their ancestral heritage houses but cannot do so. This is majorly for high-cost involvement which eventually leads to selling them off. The scheme would focus on alluring the interests of these heritage homeowners by providing them with tax exemptions for restoration projects. Moreover, it would also assist them in generating income for themselves through these restored houses by redeveloping them as homestays or hotels. The board is planning that it designs the scheme in accordance with the tourism development schemes. This is because heritage structures are a major tourist attraction across the state.
As quoted by the TCP Minister Mr Vijay Sardesai, the scheme derives its inspiration in Rajasthan. Many heritage buildings of vernacular architecture there, have been preserved and restored to their primitive glory. These buildings/ havelis are now being reused. They have been redeveloped into hotels to give heritage tourism a boost. This also serves as a medium for passive remuneration for the haveli owners. The scheme has emerged as a successful venture in Rajasthan by contributing significantly to its tourism economy.
Thereby, a similar module is to be proposed for implementation on heritage Goan houses. The TCP board is expecting that similar trends of economic growth would be achieved in Goa post the implementation of such a scheme. The restoration of such heritage structures would also promote vernacular ideas of construction. It would also develop an affinity of people towards monuments. The board is planning to put the idea forth chief minister of Goa as the scheme imposes financial implications on the state.

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