INTACH, Pondicherry bags Unesco award

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New Delhi, Sep 15 (UNI) The Pondicherry Chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has been selected for the Unesco Asia Pacific Award of Merit for Cultural Heritage Conservation this year.

INTACH, Pondicherry got the award for its Yysial Street Restoration Project. ''The project has set a notable example for urban streetscape conservation in Union Territory and other historic quarters in India and the region through the Asia Urbs programme'' the Trust said here.

The project has successfully elicited the cooperation of the municipal government, conservation experts and local residents.

The restoration work has revived the historic Franco-Tamil character of the street and urban quarter and has reinvigorated a sense of pride among the community, it said.

The Unesco Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards recognise the efforts of private individuals and organisations that have successfully restored and conserved structures and buildings of heritage value in the region.

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