New Delhi, Nov 29: The Red Fort was formally accorded the status of a World Heritage site today, making Delhi the only place in the country with three World Heritage sites.
The other two monuments in the coveted list from the national capital include Humayun's tomb and Qutub Minar.
The status was accorded here at a ceremony organised by Director-General of UNESCO Koichiro Matsuura in front of the Diwan-I-Khas here.
That the Red Fort has long been a witness to 'trysts with destiny' of the country needs no mention. However, its universal value as a cultural property has earned it a coveted status.
For practical purposes, the inscription of the Red Fort on the World Heritage List does not provide it with any extra formal international legal protection. However, it does place an obligation on the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to provide careful protection and management of the site, to prevent any further damage to the built fabric and historic gardens in the fort and its setting and to ensure its survival for future generations.
The monument bears testimony to Mughal architecture built upon local traditions but enlivened with imported ideas, techniques, craftsmanship and designs to provide a fusion of Islamic, Persian, Timurid and Hindu traditions.
Though first referred for an inscription on the World Heritage List in 1992, it was deferred due to the multi-administrative control of the Red Fort. The nomination was however, re-submitted by the ASI to UNESCO in 2006.
The World Heritage Committee in its meeting held on June 23-27, 2007 at Christchurch, New Zealand, accepted the nomination of the Red Fort Complex, Delhi for inscription on the World Heritage List.