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India to nominate Chandigarh for World Heritage Site

There are 30 world heritage sites in India with 24 in the cultural category and six in the natural category.

Written by Anubhuti Vishnoi | New Delhi |
December 19, 2013 5:01:37 am

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

The ruins of Nalanda and the ‘imperial city of Delhi’ will be India’s nominees to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Register in 2016 and 2015,ministry officials confirmed.

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

The nomination document for Chandigarh terms Le Corbusier’s work in Chandigarh an essential link in the series formed by his other works in France,Switzerland,Belgium 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.

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Nalanda ruins that were nominated earlier in 2009 have also got fresh backing for a place on the heritage wish list. Strongly backed by the Bihar government that is also hosting the new Nalanda University,the Nalanda ruins are in fact getting renewed attention from the Culture Ministry. Following direct requests from Bihar CM Nitish Kumar,the culture ministry and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have agreed to start a major excavation exercise at Nalanda. ‘The ancient city of Nalanda’ will be nominated to the World Heritage Sites Register in 2015 and the ASI will be helping develop the dossier for this nomination.

As far as Delhi is concerned,the INTACH is spearheading the campaign with focus on both Shahjahanabad and Lutyens’ Delhi as World Heritage cities.

There are 30 world heritage sites in India with 24 in the cultural category and six in the natural category.

India will also be nominating Rani ki Vav in Patan,Gujarat,in the cultural category. India’s other nomination of the Great Himalayan Natural Park in Kullu-Manali region has been deferred after queries were raised on certain aspects like buffer zones and its unique factors,while The Majuli islands of Assam are also currently in referral stage.

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