Published: Tue, July 11, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Ahmedabad gets world heritage tag

Ahmedabad gets world heritage tag

UNESCO has declared the Indian city of Ahmedabad a world heritage site, Interfax news agency reports on Monday.

Founded in 15th century, the walled city of Ahmadabad, on the eastern bank of the Sabarmati river, presents a rich architectural heritage. Noteworthy, Ahmedabad was in the race for the prestigious title along with Delhi and Mumbai. It is expected to give a tremendous fillip to domestic and global tourism leading to increased employment generation, creation of world-class infrastructure and augmentation of sale of local handicrafts, handlooms and heritage memorabilia. It will boost the local economy in a number of ways.

"Just inscribed as UNESCO world heritage site: Historic city of Ahmedabad #India", UNESCO tweeted.

All these nations unanimously supported the Indian city citing a secular co-existence of Hindu, Islamic, and Jain communities and also the excellent architecture of intricately carved wooden haveli, all of which dates back to hundreds of years. "I would like to thank everybody who worked to achieve this". The city had featured in UNESCO's tentative list of world heritage cities on March 31, 2011.

Rupani further said that the state government would allocate appropriate funds to further expand the tourism sector.

"This is an opportunity for those who hold fundamentalist views regarding the heritage city to shun such views and work to build the city". A heritage cell was also set up by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).

Rupani further said Ahmedabad will now join the likes of Paris, Cairo, and Edinburgh.

"We will consult all stakeholders including citizens, scholars and political parties and create a roadmap on how to develop the city", Shah told reporters.

The World Heritage Committee (WHC) of UNESCO made the announcement late on Saturday night following a meeting in Poland's Krakwo.

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