UNESCO to scrutinise Delhi’s bid for heritage tag
|The Humayun’s Tomb is one of the World Heritage Sites in Delhi|
[Credit: V.V. Krishnan/The Hindu]
After examining the sites, the experts will prepare a report. “Based on the report, UNESCO will eventually decide whether to accord Delhi the status of a World Heritage City or not. The announcement would be made in June 2015.”
Interestingly, INTACH has compartmentalised New Delhi, which includes landmarks like Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament House and Connaught Place, and other historical places like and Shahjahanabad built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th Century.
For India it is important that Delhi bags this title because it would give tourism a boost. “There will be more visitors to Delhi from various countries to see the hundreds of havelis in Shahjahanabad. We are planning to convert them into tourist lodges. More than tourism, we want to instil pride among the inhabitants of Delhi,” the official added.
Author: Madhur Tankha | Source: The Hindu [April 15, 2014]