It's an honour that UNESCO declared Ahmedabad a heritage city: CM Rupani

Angelica Greene
July 9, 2017

"It's an honor that UNESCO declared Ahmedabad a heritage city, first ever in India".

The decision was taken by the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee (July 9-12), chaired by Jacek Purchla, founder and director of the International Cultural Centre in Kraków.

With this, Ahmedabad has joined other heritage cities like Paris, Vienna, Cairo, Brussels, Rome and Edinburgh.

Ruchira Kamboj, ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to Unesco, said on the occasion: "Ahmedabad is where our Indian heritage speaks for itself".

"For over 600 years, it has stood for peace as a landmark city where Mahatma Gandhi began India's freedom struggle".

The secular co-existence of Islamic, Hindu and Jain communities along with exemplary architecture of wooden havelis got unanimous support.

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"Just inscribed as UNESCO world heritage site: Historic city of Ahmedabad #India", UNESCO said in a tweet on Saturday. "A matter of huge joy for India!" Credit for the move goes to PM Narendra Modi who moved the proposal along with people of Ahmedabad."The walled city burst into celebrations".

Summary: He wanted the book to serve as a document for the city's World Heritage City bid.He later wrote the foreword of the coffee-table book "Ahmedabad Next - Towards A World Heritage City'". These various "Purs" have its own urban structure which is self-sufficient for the communities, where each "Pol" once again is a self- sufficient unit.

In 1984, the first study for conserving heritage structures was carried out in the city.

Earlier in 2011, Ahmedabad had made it to the tentative list of UNESCO's world heritage sites.

From the total 287 world heritage cities across globe, only two are located in the Indian subcontinent, Bhaktpur in Nepal and Galle in Sri Lanka.

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