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After much back-andforth, the Maharashtra government has decided to retain the ‘Grade-I’ heritage tag given to Shivaji Park at Dadar. It has, however, restricted the tag only to the ground and has left out the precinct from the heritage list.
This means that only the ground at Shivaji Park will be treated as a heritage structure, and there will no additional curbs on development in the area surrounding it.
The state urban development department on Thursday published a list of protected heritage structures in five wards – G North (Dadar, Mahim, Matunga West), G South (Worli, Mahalaxmi), F North (Sion, Matunga East), F South (Parel, Lalbaug) and D (Malabar Hill, Nepean Sea Road) wards.
The list mentions Shivaji Park in the G North ward as a Grade-I heritage structure, limiting the boundary of the heritage tag to NC Keluskar Marg (North), NC Keluskar Marg (South) and Veer Savarkar Marg.
Grade I structures are deemed to be of national or historical importance, prohibiting any structural changes. For Grade II structures, the state permits some amount of alteration as long as it does not involve any structural changes or drastic changes to the building’s façade, while Grade III structures are considered important to the townscape. Cong vice-president Rahul Gandhi attends the cremation ceremony of ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal at his village Bamla in Bhiwani, Haryana on Thursday.