Heritage buildings are an integral part of architectural history of Sindh, many of which have great value in our cultural inheritance. Sindh is renowned for its well preserved architectural heritage, including colonial-era buildings, presenting a variety and unity.
In order to preserve and protect ancient places and objects of architectural, historical, archaeological, artistic, ethnological, anthropological and national interest in the province Sindh Assembly has enacted Sindh Cultural Heritage (Preservation) Act, 1994. Accordingly, an Advisory Committee of the Government of Sindh has been constituted under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary Sindh and consists of six other members half of whom are professionals in the fields of architecture, archaeology, history, conservation, etc.
The Government of Sindh, on recommendation of the Advisory Committee, or otherwise, after receiving an information, may declare any place / object of historical, cultural and architectural value to be protected heritage. A notification in this regard is issued and duly published in the leading daily newspapers for information of the owner(s) for filing objections, if any, within one month of such publication. There is a Technical Committee of the Advisory Committee which has evolved comprehensive criteria (quantitative evaluation form) for declaring any property as protected heritage. Once a property is declared as a protected heritage and if, after hearing the objections, the notification is confirmed, even the owner of the property can made alterations in its facade, architecture or structure, without obtaining formal approval of the Advisory Committee.
There is a set criterion for de-listing of the protected heritage building. The requests placed before Culture Department for de-listing, are placed before the Advisory Committee, which refers the same to Technical Committee. The said committee considers the grounds of such a request and prepares its report. The final decision lies with the Advisory Committee.
Culture Department provides secretariat support to the Advisory Committee and Secretary Culture is Member Secretary of the said committee.