Zoroastrians Request Heritage Site Status for Fire Temples

June 28, 2004

Source: Gulf News


On June 28, 2004 Gulf News reported, "The Parsi Zoroastrian community in the city is fighting to protect nearly 50 fire temples from being taken over by developers, and wants the state government to declare them as heritage sites. 'To begin with, we want the four Atash Behrams in the city (out of the eight major fire temples in the world) to be upgraded as Grade II heritage sites to make it difficult for developers to demolish the structures in the temple complex,' Adi Doctor, Editor, Parsee Voice, told Gulf News. 'We have already written a letter to the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee,' he said. But he is worried that the builder lobby within this Committee will not let the extra floor space index (FSI) and transfer of development rights (TDR) allowed by the government to be wasted. Once these key fire temples are protected by law, the next step would be to ensure that all the other fire temples, too, are untouched by those wanting to develop it, as a Parsi priest puts it, 'in the name of charity.'"