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A walk down heritage lanes

Many say a city can be best discovered on foot. Students of Hill Top School will be discovering their city as well as its history when they take a walk in Bistupur and Northern Town on Saturday.

The cradle has organised the 3km heritage walk for 100-odd students of Class VII as part of a value education project to make the young learners know about Jamshedpur’s buildings and sites with historical value and think about ways to preserve them. Intach and city-based NGO Kalamandir, which had earlier organised several such walks for students and the general public, have teamed up with Hill Top School.

“The heritage walk will help build values among students and teach them to appreciate history. We chose Class VII as the other classes are busy with projects. Standards XI and XII don’t have arts,” said Puneeta B. Chouhan, principal of Hill Top School.

The students will gather at Kalamandir office 7am and then go on a round of more than 20 landmarks in the steel city in the first phase of the project.

They will start with Tilak Pustakalaya, Chuna Shah Baba Mazaar and Tata Steel gate in Bistupur and move on to Bistupur Mosque, Ram Mandir, Ghasi Club and G Town Club.

At G Town, the students will be taken on a tour of the gurdwara and St Mary’s Church. The next stops will be the water pumping station, The Milanee, Jamshedpur Women’s College, Maharashtra Hitkari Mandal, Gujrati Hindi School and Muslim Library.

Gopal Maidan and Regal Building besides Bistupur Post Office, Armoury grounds, central water tower, statue of PN Bose, United Club and Tata Steel guest house in Northern Town are also on the list. The walk will culminate at St George’s Church in Northern Town.

“In the second phase of the project, teachers and students will discuss and decide to adopt and preserve heritage sites. Schoolchildren campaigning for their cities’ heritage sites are common in other cities, but the concept is new in Jamshedpur,” Chouhan added.

Earlier in February, Intach had organised a heritage workshop for teachers from eight city schools.