UNESCO examines Delhi before tagging it as World Heritage City

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A team of archaeological experts from United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) will be arriving at Delhi in June to examine the heritage sites in New Delhi and Shahjahanabad, before tagging the city as a World Heritage City.

“These experts will be from South-East Asian countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Singapore and Hong Kong who are more familiar with Indian monuments than archaeological experts from Europe and the United States. To ensure unbiased scrutiny of these sites, none of the experts will be from India,” stated Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH). “After examining the sites, the experts will prepare a report and based on that report UNESCO will decide whether to accord Delhi the status of a World Heritage City or not. The announcement would be made in June 2015.”

INTACH has included important landmarks of Delhi, such as Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament House, and Connaught Place, along with other historical places and the 17th Century Shahjahanabad while preparing the dossier. It will be a significant step for India if Delhi bags the title because it would give tourism a major boost.