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HC to hear heritage structures in mill lands PIL on Apr 19

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Mumbai, Apr 16 (UNI) The Bombay High Court will hear a public interest litigation (PIL), filed by the Indian National Trust for Art and Heritage Culture (INTAHC), on April 19 over the demolition of heritage structures in Mumbai mill lands.

On March 28, a division bench, comprising Justices H L Gokhale and R S Dongaonkar, had directed the private mill owners to submit a list of heritage structures on their lands and steps taken to maintain them by April 18.

On the same day, responding to the petition, Maharashtra Heritage Conservation Committee Chairman I S P Upasani filed a report stating that 22 structures had been identified as heritage structures, especially chimneys and water bodies. She also submitted a list of 16 mills where no heritage structures were identified.

The affidavit also stated that as the court had granted an ad-interim order with respect to 77 heritage structures on the NTC mill land, similar protection be granted to the private mills as well.

The private mills listed for having heritage structures included Century Mills, Phoenix Mills, Mafatlal Mills, Khatau Mills and Shreeram Mills.

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