Listing & Grading of Heritage in Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar region

UMC is conducting listing and grading of heritage properties falling in the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) and Gandhinagar Urban Development Authority (GUDA) jurisdictions. The study is aimed at presenting innovative ideas for revitalization of heritage properties and precincts in urban villages. The INTACH-Gujarat/ UMC team conducted secondary literature survey, consultations with relevant experts in history, culture, architecture and archaeology. Heritage has been documented on parameters such as its age, ownership, occupancy, designed and current use(s) of property, material of construction, special architectural features, existing condition and potential threats to the properties. UMC created an android based app – ‘CityCollect’ for field data collection including filling forms, clicking pictures and geo-tagging data to individual properties. Thematic analysis of the data is being done on GIS and suitable recommendations are being framed to promote conservation of the rich heritage.

Gandhinagar Urban Development Authority: In the 13th century, King Pethasinh of Pethapur ruled over Shertha town – now a part of Gandhinagar urban agglomeration. During the rule of Gujarat sultanate, the land served as a hinterland to Ahmedabad. With the creation of Gujarat state in 1960, a new capital for Gujarat was built on these hinterlands of the erstwhile Pethapur State. Gandhinagar Urban Development Authority (GUDA) was established with a prime objective to carry out the sustained planned development of the area failing outside the periphery of Gandhinagar Notified Area.

Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority: The AUDA area comprises of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, four smaller municipalities and 170+ villages in its jurisdiction.