6 Jan 2014Hindustan Times (Delhi)Nivedita Khandekar email@example.com
Delhi beats Mumbai in race for heritage tag
From page 1 NEW DELHI: There are over 200 ‘World Heritage Cities’ across the globe, almost 20 in Asia itself, but not one from India with a civilisation dating to several millennia.
SHAHJAHANABAD: NEW DELHI:
‘ Delhi’ is now set to be India’s nomination for the title of UNESCO’s ‘World Heritage City’, beating Mumbai for the prestigious title. If the city-state gets inscribed on the final list, the honour will not just help raise awareness about heritage and conservation but also draw in increased number of tourists. This can draw more tourists to the national Capital that has uninterrupted layers of history and dotted with scores of archaeological monuments.
The final dossier will now be the second. Shahjahanabad and New Delhi ( Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone) are the two precincts included in Delhi’s proposal.
The committee will send the recommendation to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which is the nodal agency for India related to world heritage matters for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). Delhi was already in the UNESCO’s tentative list of World Heritage since 2012.
“Mumbai as the second proposal will be sent just in case the world body finds any problems with Delhi’s dossier,” said a member of the committee.
Along with Delhi, Mumbai Ahmedabad too is featured in the tentative list of World Heritage of the UNESCO.