A Goa government committee has recommended that as many as 434 structures, including over 100 churches, be added to the list of heritage monuments in the state. The Rajiv Yaduvanshi Committee, in its recommendation to the state government, has identified 434 additional monuments and structures with
immense heritage value, including 107 Catholic churches and 17 temples.Currently, Goa has 51 notified structures under state Archaeology Department and 22 under Archaeological Survey of India, officials said.
As many as 434 structures were identified after survey conducted across the state by the experts of the Yaduvanshi committee, they added.
The list includes churches, temples, hospital buildings, an island, water springs, caves and other monuments recommended for preservation after classifying them under three different categories.
The list also includes Azilo and Hospicio hospital buildings, both state-run district hospitals, constructed during the Portuguese regime.
Goa government has already constructed a new Azilo hospital in Mapusa town after the Portuguese-era building started crumbling. The old building will now be preserved after the list is notified by the state government.
Eighteenth century Kapileshwari Temple, situated on the outskirts of Ponda town, is amongst the temples that have been identified for preservation in the new list.
Similarly, Panaji’s Mary Immaculate Conception Church, built in 1541, located in the heart of capital city, has also been recommended to be protected.
The committee has also suggested conservation of one of the oldest educational institutions in Goa, St Mary’s High School in Mapusa town. The missionary run school was constructed in 1948.
Nanus Fort, which once guarded the area from Portuguese invasion and currently crumbling down, has also been listed by the committee. The fort situated in remote Sattari taluka was built in 17th century by Chhatrapati Shivaji.