INTACH founder members realized the need for the support of heritage friendly rules and regulations in preserving India’s heritage. This led to the setting up of Heritage Legislation Cell which began its work as early as 1984-85 and was actively involved in highlighting the legal aspects of heritage conservation.
Over the years INTACH as a national entity continued to file petitions and initiate PILs to protect t heritage in jeopardy. Some of its most signal victories are:
- 1992 - Campaign to prevent the demolition of the canopy at Raj Path in Delhi, and the subsequent campaign to prevent the proposed installation of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi under the canopy.
- 1997-98 - Prevent Bombay Municipal Corporation from building a public toilet opposite the Gateway of India.
- 1997-98 - Stopping BMC and Reliance Corporation from undertaking a ‘beautification’ of Marine Drive in Mumbai.
- 1997-98 - Stalling the development of toy train at Elephant Island near Mumbai.
- 2002 - Organized a workshop on evolving a national policy for Heritage Conservation and Management.
- 2004 - Sanctioning of Heritage legislation Regulation for Delhi by the Government of India.
- 2006 - Start of Heritage Regulation activism for the hill station of Matheran (Maharashtra) and for the conservation of hundred of army cantonments scattered across India.
- 2007 - Provide for the protection and conservation of Jammu and Kashmir.
- 2007 - Rajasthan Heritage Conservation Bill and marking of certain area as environmentally sensitive.