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City heads to UNESCO for world heritage status

In 2006-07 Chandigarh came up on the tentative list drawn up by UNESCO but in 2010,decision on it was deferred again.

After years of deliberations,the Union Ministry of Culture has finally agreed to nominate the city of Chandigarh as a probable World Heritage Site,a transnational nomination included as part of the famous French architect Le Corbusier’s many works.

While City Beautiful heads to UNESCO as a transnational nomination,the imperial city of Delhi and the ruins of Nalanda will be India’s nominees to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Register in 2015 and 2016 respectively,officials from the Union Ministry of Culture said.

While the Chandigarh administration has been pushing for the city’s case since 2006,its dossier on the proposed nomination did not cut any ice with the Ministry of Culture earlier. In 2006-07 Chandigarh came up on the tentative list drawn up by UNESCO but in 2010,decision on it was deferred again. India along with France,Belgium,Argentina and Switzerland will be sending a transnational nomination for the architectural works of Le Corbusier.

The nomination documents for Chandigarh terms Le Corbusier’s work in Chandigarh as an essential link in the series formed by his other works in France,Switzerland,Belgium,etc. that are to be included in the proposed ‘Trans-border Serial Nomination of Le Corbusier’s Work’. Chandigarh is also comparable with other 20th century cities such as Brasilia,The White City of Tel Aviv and Le Havre — the city rebuilt by August Perret,all inscribed on the World Heritage List,the 2006 nomination description on Chandigarh had said.