10-07-2017 07:00 AM | Pooja Nevewani | My Indian Dream
India's first city to be declared as a World Heritage City by UNESCO.
At the 41st session of Unesco’s World Heritage Committee meet, Ahmedabad was declared as a World Heritage City. The meet was held at Karkow in Poland on Saturday.
This is for the first time that an Indian city is declared as a World Heritage property. Ahmedabad’s nomination was supported by about 20 countries, so of them being Turkey, Lebanon, Tunisia, Portugal, Peru, Kazakhistan, Vietnam, Finland, Azerbaijan, Jmaica, Croatia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, South Korea, Croatia, Angolam, Cuba, and the host country of the Unesco session, Poland. Ahmedabad bagged their support due to its secular nature where three religious communities- Hindu, Islamic and Jain coexisted. The city is also a perfect example of beautifully and intricately designed wooden havelis some hundred years old. The supporters also viewed the city as the place where the non-violent freedom struggle led by Mahatma Gandhi initiated. Ahmedabad’s choice was attributed further by the presence of many historic places and exemplary community living with 26 ASI protected structures and sites related to India’s greatest leader Mahatma Gandhi.
Ahmedabad is now enlisted amongst the 287 world heritage cities across the globe. The efforts for this had begun right from 1984. This is a huge achievement for the governance and the people of the city who all worked for it collectively. The ‘World Heritage City’ tag will boost the city’s tourism immensely.
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