State gets rolling on Hampi heritage plan

A view of the Hampi site. File photo: M. A. Sriram

A view of the Hampi site. File photo: M. A. Sriram  

The State government, in collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), is set to present the concise version of the integrated management for the conservation of monuments in Hampi, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

The concise plan and action being taken to remove the debris of the collapsed bridge in Anegundi will be finalised on Saturday, and be presented at the meeting of the 37th World Heritage Committee of UNESCO in Cambodia, starting on June 16.

According to sources, discussions are under way to reduce the exhaustive plan, currently in six volumes, for easy understanding.

“The stand that would be taken at the conference would be decided by Saturday,” a source said, adding that the integrated management plan was huge as it involved many departments in management of the 236 sq km area of the Vijayanagar empire ruins.

Experts and government officials started deliberations from Friday at a two-day workshop, Site Management for World Heritage Sites of India - South Zone - Integrated Management Plan, Hampi.

The workshop is the first in a series of thematic consultative site management workshops to evaluate, establish and reinforce guidelines and approach for management of World Heritage Sites in India.

M. Nambirajan, Superintending Archaeologist, ASI Bangalore Circle, told The Hindu the World Heritage Committee had to be convinced that the process of removal of debris is on and the state of implementation of the plan. “The plan cannot be implemented in the present form and it has to be made simple since 29 villages are part of the Hampi World Heritage Area Management Authority. We need to educate the local community also for better conservation,” he added.

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