Matheran is a historic hill Station in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, India, about 90 kms from Mumbai Founded in 1850, it is one of the last hill resorts established by the British. The project currently is in the final phase of completion Objectives: Identification of the cultural significance, 'Listing' (grading) of built and natural heritage. Propose a sustainable development planning and conservation strategy.
Kirtida Unwalla - a graduate of Bandra School of Art, Mumbai (1979) has been in private practice since 1983 and teaches at many city colleges. She is a recipient of the Charles Wallace India Trust and British Council Scholarship for training in architectural conservation. Suneeta Samant - a graduate of Sir J. J. College of Architecture, Mumbai (1979), a post-graduate in Planning (1988), has been in private practice since 1983. She has been a teaching faculty at many city institutes in the city and a planning consultant to CIDCO. Their first joint venture has been "Dahanu & Environs - a study" in 1989. Their practice involves Planning, Urban Design and Architectural Conservation. PACE (Planning, Architecture, Conservation & Environment), a consultant firm was formulated (1991) with the addition of Harshad Bhatia and Vikas Dilawari.
Critical appraisal of the draft (d.p.) modifications
: Identify cultural significance by subjective methodology for built and natural heritage. A multi level approach adopted for sustainable planning strategy Guidelines for conservation and design control at each level - from the region to a property.with the addition of Harshad Bhatia and Vikas Dilawari.Identify conservation areas as representative
cultural cores A report with designed format list cards, maps, character appraisal, statement of cultural significance and guidelines for conservation
"Maheshwar - an approach to Conservation" and "Banganga Tank & Environs" were amongst major projects undertaken by PACE.

The Bhika Behram Well, Fort - Mumbai, is a Grade I heritage structure. A prominent Parsee citizen sunk the well in 1725 and the pavilion was added in the 1950's. The project is currently in the mid phase of completion. APPROACH:
The Well and Pavilion premises is highly venerated by the Zoroastrian community and as such has received structural and management care in the form of philanthropic contributions. The structure had reached a state of disrepair and needed urgent repairs. The repair specifications are sufficient to indicate a process to restrain decay without damaging the essential architectural and historic character of the building and site.


Dahanu is the headquarters of Dahanu Taluka in the Thane District, 125 Kms. north of Mumbai. Historically a Portuguese Port, the present economy is horticulture and fishing. It is the only surviving green belt in the north of the state.
AIMS: To formulate a comprehensive database for development planning, a basic ecological appraisal of the proposed thermal power plant in the creek was made and analysis

of the carrying capacity of the horticulture economy and draft development plan (1993) was performed. Lastly, action area plans for the old dahanu village and the railway station core as pilot projects were prepared, with recommended landuse and circulation network plans for sustainable development.

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