India has submitted a proposal to UNESCO World Heritage Centre for inscription of 39 serial sites in Western Ghats on its World Heritage List, the Government said in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

“These sites are in the States of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. The Kass Plateau in Maharashtra is one among the 39 serial sites included in India’s proposal,” Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V. Narayanasami said in a written reply.

He said a two-member technical team from International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Switzerland, was in India last month to conduct field evaluation of the proposed sites including Kass Plateau.

“The report of the team will be submitted to UNESCO, Paris and based on the additional information/clarifications, if any on India’s proposal may be required in near future,” Mr. Narayanasami said.

All proposals for natural heritage submitted by the State parties are evaluated by the World Heritage Centre, Paris and the IUCN.

The Minister also said the government and UNESCO have not given any funds to preserve the wild flowers in Kass Plateau.

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