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Lutyens' New Delhi could be declared World Heritage Site

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The Lutyens Trust and the Indian National Trust have joined forces to have New Delhi, whose masterplan was designed by Edwin Lutyens in 1915, named a World Heritage Site

Under a joint initiative, the Indian National Trust Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and Lutyens Trust will now undertake the groundwork for an application to make New Delhi a World Heritage Site.

New Delhi was built as the capital of British India according to plans finalised by Lutyens in 1915, with neo-classical institutional buildings occupying grand ceremonial spaces and boulevards of bungalows lined with thousands of indigenous trees.

In 1988, the ‘Lutyens Bungalow Zone’ froze development in the 26km² area, but encroachments around the perimeter and pressure from property developers have necessitated a new, firmer stance on development, according to Martin Lutyens of the Lutyens Trust.

‘I’m very excited that INTACH, which is a large and very important organisation in India, has agreed to join up with us for the purpose for this venture,’ said Martin Lutyens. ‘It shows how serious the central conservation body in India is taking this’.

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