Punjab government on Wednesday decided to conserve historical buildings and issued a notification making it mandatory for all Government Departments to seek the permission of Cultural Affairs Department before renovating such government building.
A Punjab government spokesperson said that a communiqué has been issued to all Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners and Sub Divisional Magistrates in this regard and they have been directed to obtain required No Objection Certificate before demolition, alteration and reuse of all the government buildings built before 1947.
“Punjab’s Cultural Affairs, Archeology and Museums department will examine the style and the material before being used for alteration repair reconstruction and re-alteration,” said the spokesperson, adding that the cost incurred on any technical advice, if any, will be borne by the departments or institutions concerned.
The spokesperson added that in compliance with the directive of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, no construction or renovation work would be carried out in the state without obtaining the NOC from the department. He also asked the officers at the district and state levels to firmly comply with the guidelines of the Punjab government in this regard.