Ahmedabad has a long way to go for World Heritage status

Only the first step completed so far,wait may stretch for 2 years

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:April 20, 2012 2:26 am

Only the first step completed so far,wait may stretch for 2 years

Ahmedabad’s quest for “World Heritage City” status from the United Nations Educational,Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) will take another two more years to culminate. Currently,Ahmedabad is vying with the cities like New Delhi and Varanasi to stake its claim for the status.

According to Hanna Baumann,programme officer for culture with the UNESCO office in New Delhi,only the first step for the lengthy process has been completed till now.

While Ahmedabad’s name was floated in the reckoning for a world heritage city status in 2010,it was officially nominated only in 2011. “With respect to Ahmedabad,only the first step in a lengthy process involved in it garnering a world heritage city status has been completed. First the National World Heritage Committee puts the property on the tentative list and this nomination is made by all the stakeholders involved. Then a nomination dossier for the property is prepared,which is being undertaken in the case of Ahmedabad.

“This dossier is then submitted and later evaluated by the committee after a group of experts is sent to visit the site and makes its assessment about the nomination. The committee then decides in its annual meet which is mostly held in June if there is rejection,deferral or referral for the property in question. So,the wait for Ahmedabad just got extended by two more years because till now only step one is complete and the dossier is still in the making,” she said.

“We should be able to file the dossier by the end of September this year and the world heritage committee should be able to guide us to take the next step by February 2013,” said Captain Dilip Mahajan,Deputy commissioner of Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner (AMC).

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