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UNESCO heritage tag: city monuments' chances bright

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No other entry from India this time: Tourism Secretary

Collectors' item: Tourism Secretary Jayesh Ranjan (centre) and former Chief Secretary, Narendra Luther (left), releasing “A Guide to Heritage of Hyderabad: The Natural and the Built” authored by Madhu Vottery (right) in Hyderabad on Sunday. —Photo: Nagara Gopal
Collectors' item: Tourism Secretary Jayesh Ranjan (centre) and former Chief Secretary, Narendra Luther (left), releasing “A Guide to Heritage of Hyderabad: The Natural and the Built” authored by Madhu Vottery (right) in Hyderabad on Sunday. —Photo: Nagara Gopal

The State Government will submit a nomination dossier for inclusion of Golconda, Charminar and Quli Qutb Shahi Tombs in UNESCO's world heritage sites in mid-February. Chances of Hyderabad getting on the world heritage map have brightened with no other competitive entry from India this time, said Jayesh Ranjan, secretary, Tourism.

Assessment in August

He was releasing a book “A Guide to Heritage of Hyderabad: The Natural and the Built” authored by architect Madhu Vottery, here on Sunday. A team from the International Council on Monuments and Sites, an advisory body of UNESCO, will arrive here sometime in August to assess things. “But before that it is important that the violations near monuments, ugly constructions and disfigurements are removed”, Mr. Ranjan said.

Efforts to get UNESCO nomination were being made for the last one decade but it was only now that the process was in full steam. Still there were some monuments which were not tourist-friendly and this had to be corrected, Mr. Ranjan said.

He complimented Ms. Vottery for making a valuable addition to the repository of books on Hyderabad. The book provided important nuggets on the city and listed each and every monument.

With the help of slides, the author threw light on some of the 275 heritage sites listed in the book. A large number of sketches, drawings, maps and pictures made it the most comprehensive guide on the city's heritage structures, she said. V.K. Bawa and Narendra Luther, former bureaucrats, expressed concern over the poor upkeep of heritage sites and said heritage must take precedence over tourism.

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