Proud moment for Gujarat: Ahmedabad becomes India’s 1st World Heritage City
Ahmedabad, Sep 2: It was a proud moment for entire Gujarat as the city of Ahmedabad on Friday was formally accorded the status of India's first World Heritage City.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Director General Irina Bokova handed over the certificate in this regard to Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.
"Gujarat: Ahmedabad formally accorded World Heritage City status, UNESCO Dir Gen, Irina Bokova handed over the certificate to CM Vijay Rupani," tweeted ANI.
Gujarat: Ahmedabad formally accorded World Heritage City status, UNESCO Dir Gen, Irina Bokova handed over the certificate to CM Vijay Rupani pic.twitter.com/PHdRgMdnZU— ANI (@ANI) September 1, 2017
Rupani said Prime Minister Narendra Modi did a lot of hard work to get the heritage city tag for Ahmedabad from the UNESCO. The CM accused the earlier United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for not trying enough in this matter.
The CM informed that Ahmedabad was selected out of 250 cities in the race for the coveted status. He also thanked the UNESCO and the Culture Ministry.
Speaking on the occasion, Bokova said, "It was indeed a great experience to visit India's first UNESCO World Heritage city, a symbol of intercultural dialogue and unity in diversity. A city that boasts life, culture, and joy everyday with its extravagant lifestyle. A symbol of religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence."
"Significance of the city lies beyond the physical beauty of its architectural heritage. A landmark city where (Mahatma) Gandhiji began India's freedom struggle," the UNESCO official added.
On July 8, India secured the nomination for Ahmedabad on UNESCO's World Heritage list during the 41st Session of World Heritage Committee.
The honour makes the walled city of Ahmedabad the first city in India, and the third in Asia, to be on the list. India now has a total of 36 World Heritage Inscriptions -- 28 cultural, 7 natural and 1 mixed site.
India is second after China in terms of number of world heritage properties in ASPAC (Asia and Pacific) region, and overall seventh in the world.
The walled city of Ahmedabad was founded in the 15th century on the eastern bank of the Sabarmati river. The city also has 28 Archaeological Survey of India's centrally protected monuments.