United Nations’ cultural organisation, UNESCO has declared the city of Ahmedabad, Gujarat as India’s first heritage city.
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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Saturday declared the 600-years old city of Ahmedabad as a heritage city. This makes it the first city from India to be given the title.
“Thrilled to announce! Ahmedabad has just been declared India’s first World Heritage city by UNESCO,” tweeted Ruchira Kamboj, India’s permanent representative to UNESCO.
With this, the walled-city joins the league of 287 world heritage cities across the globe including Paris, Vienna, Rome etc. The decision was taken on Saturday night when The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO met in Karlow, Poland.
The city has about 25 ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) protected structures and also hundreds of ‘pols’(local name for clusters of houses in Ahmedabad) that give the city a historic feel. Also the fact that Mahatma Gandhi, lived here from 1915 to 1930 makes the city worth the title.
“The journey began in 2010 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi proffered the dossier of Ahmedabad to UNESCO,” Kamboj said in her speech after the declaration.
“For over 600 years, Ahmedabad has stood for peace, as a landmark city where Mahatma Gandhi began India’s freedom struggle. It has stood for unity with its elegant carvings in its Hindu and Jain temples as well as standing as one of the finest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture and Hindu Muslim art. And beyond this, it epitomizes the United Nation’s objective of sustainable development as it accelerates in its development, chosen to be one of India’s first smart cities, while preserving its ancient heritage,” Kamboj further said.
“Delighted to know that UNESCO has declared Ahmedabad as World Heritage City. Proud moment for every Indian,” Amit Shah, President of BJP said in a tweet.
Vijay Rupani, the Chief Minister of Gujarat also hailed the declaration.