A two-day workshop with French experts focusses on Pondicherrya��s heritage sites and restoration
Architect A Arul believes there are 16 buildings in Pondicherry that need immediate attention. A volunteer at INTACH (an NGO), he tells us that the deserted lighthouse and the quaint police headquarters are some of the buildings that were discussed at the two-day workshop, Smart Heritage and Urban Renovation through Waterfront Management that took place in the French Town. A project that deals with renovation and heritage preservation in Pondicherry, it also took into account the best practices from other parts of India and France.
The workshop wasA�A� a dialogue between French experts (AlfredA� Peter, a landscape architect, Jean-Pierre Charbonneau, an urban planner, Franck Boutte, an architect and engineer, and Michele Larue-Charlus, an executive director for urban planning, City Council of Bordeaux) and their Indian counterparts.
The experts discussed the existing heritage and infrastructure, and touched upon subjects like the citya��s seafront management related issues, the canal running through Pondicherry town, the fishermena��s port, the estuary and the lagoon, open drainage system and heritage buildings in both the Tamil and French quarters. Similair to the Pondicherry Heritage Festival, held a few months ago, the workshop, organised by the Department of Tourism along with other organisations (like INTACH, PondyCAN, IIT MadrasA�A� and Pondicherry Engineering College), focussed on citizen involvement. The experts plan to travel to Delhi today, where they will have a round table conference based on their findings
a�� Mrinalini Sundar