Muziris Heritage Project - Urban Best Practice
February 28, 2015, 6:30:00 PM
"The Muziris Heritage Project Documentation was done by the National Institute of Urban Affairs as part of the Pearl Initiative. The report explains the Muziris Project Description in detail, which includes the main components of the project such as excavation, conservation and adaptive reuse of buildings, revitalization of rural markets, infrastructure development, academic research as well as scholarly exchanges. Project implementation and the stages are outlined briefly.
A total of 19 government agencies are working together on the project. A coordination committee consisting of seven ministers has been set up, and the decisions are speeded up.
The impacts of the Muziris Project are commendable. The project has set an example in India for adopting an integrated approach to heritage conservation and regional development. The project has been declared as the first green project endorsed by the Government of Kerala. The Government of Kerala's ‘Spice Route Initiative’ was launched in consultation with UNESCO to create international exchange and collaboration as part of this project. The project has given impetus to heritage conservation as a component of community development.
The project has given importance to heritage conservation as a component of community development, adopting an integrated approach to heritage conservation with tourism as a by-product."