Western Ghat to be declared as heritage spot

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Madikeri, Karnataka, Jan 20 (UNI) The Western Ghat, sprawling across hilly district of Kodagu in Karnataka, would be recommended to UNESCO to declare it as a heritage spot.

Inaugurating a Heritage Club at Field Marshall Cariappa College here today, Commissioner Venkatesh A Machakanur said the Western Ghat should be protected due to the rich and rare forest treasures.

He said his department had multiple schemes and projects to protect the traditions and heritage of Indian culture.

''The Government alone cannot protect heritage centres and old buildings of cultural value. People also should come forward to preserve places of heritage value,'' he added.

Nalaknad palace and Gadduge falling under his department would be developed, he said.

Speaking on the occasion former minister M M Nanaiah said the FMKMC college premise and the present hostel building, which were used as stable by the erstwhile British rulers, should be converted into a museum.

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