Notre Dame fire should be ‘wake-up’ for India to protect its heritage buildings: global experts

The Republic India Delhi: A destructive explosion in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris should work as a “wake-up call” for India, a global heritage expert said on Wednesday and suggested that the new government “national-level fire audit “Should be organized. Museums and other cultural sites within 12 months of the office.

India-born Australian and top museum expert Vinod Daniel also said that state-level fire safety auditing should also be done along with central level exercises because a large part of India’s cultural and architectural wealth is governed locally.

Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the prestigious Cathedral is one of the world’s most famous monuments.

A day before World Heritage Day (April 18th), a scream broke out on Mondays with a large part of the roof of the 850-year-old iconic Paris landmark, and caused the central peak to collapse, making the world shocked .

Daniel, 57, who is a board member of the International Council of Museums (Platinum) in Paris, says that Indians have responded emotionally to this incident, which is important, but as a nation, Important lessons should be taken. Loss and “assess your fire safety and risk management capabilities”.

“It should have been noted immediately, but since the elections are going on, we have to wait for the new government, but the next government should do fire safety audit at the national level of museums and other cultural and architectural sites. First 12 months, “Daniel told PTI in an interview.

A global museum expert said that besides the heritage sites of UNESCO, many old and prestigious temples and other places of worship spread all over the country have been listed under the State Archeology Department and therefore, state-level audits should be done in accordance with national practice. .

In December last, Daniel had warned that most museums and cultural repositories in India were in danger of being “severely damaged” in the event of fire, and suggested that these institutions implement a disaster management plan properly.

Daniel lauded the reaction of the black fire in France that captured one of the most monumental sites celebrated in books, magazines and movies.

The Notre-Dame de Paris, which means Lady Our Lady of Paris, is the Medieval Catholic Cathedral, which is anointed with Virgin Mary and is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture.

Some of the most attractive images of this historic site, celebrated in the Amar classic ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ by the famous Gargoyoo Victor Hugo of the cathedral looking at the streets of Paris, were adapted into a film in 1939.

Daniel lauded the French response to the Colles Fire and said that the firefighters trained in handling things of the heritage and the environment “reduced the damage”.

President Immanuel Macron vowed to rebuild Notre-Dame within five years. The French churches have made preparations to play their bells on Wednesday, 48 hours after the start of the devastating eruption.

A member of Platinum Board remembered the National Museum in Brazil last year and the National Museum of Natural History in Delhi in 2016, said that the fire of Notre Dame should now be known as “waking for India”.

The Sydney-based expert said that at the global level, the fire is the “number one hazard” for any such building, which roughly runs the risk “one of the 3,000 buildings”.

In addition, at present, most museums, old libraries and cultural repositories do not have a proper disaster management plan and therefore, there is a risk of serious damage in the event of a major fire, as happened in Brazil, Daniel said. .

“And that is why, India needs to do central-level and state-level audits, and then a budget should be allocated to ensure a time-based comprehensive risk management plan, and to make these audits periodically the wanted.” What was said.

A Sydney-based expert said, “We need broad risk management guidelines and India needs to re-think its risk management strategy so that we can save our heritage from such incidents.”

However, some museums, such as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, were known as the Vastu Sangharraya (formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India), the National Museum in Delhi and the Bihar Museum in Patna have a management policy and one to deal with it Roadmap is about such incidents, he said.

Daniel, a president of AusHeritage, a non-profit cultural heritage network in Australia, said that the first 24 hours after the disaster, whether it is a fire or flood, is a “critical period of reaction”.

He also suggested that in addition to having a good plan to keep safe, museums should invest in documentation of artworks and training of staff for proper operation of demonstrations in view of a catastrophe.


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