The city of Ahmedabad, known as the commercial hub of Gujarat, was on 1 September 2017 formally accorded the status of India’s first ‘World Heritage City’ by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
The certificate for the same was handed over by UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova to the state’s Chief Minister, Vijay Rupani.
Speaking on the occasion, Rupani said that it was a proud moment for over 6.5 Cr people of Gujarat. He added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had put in a lot of hard work to get the heritage tag for the city.
• India secured the nomination for Ahmedabad on UNESCO's World Heritage list during the 41st Session of World Heritage Committee on 8 July 2017.
• The honour makes the walled city the first one in India and the third in Asia to feature on the esteemed list.
• The city was selected for the coveted status out of 250 cities.
• India now has a total of 36 World Heritage Inscriptions, which include 28 cultural, 7 natural and 1 mixed site.
• India is second after China in terms of number of world heritage properties in ASPAC (Asia and Pacific) region and seventh overall.
UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova said in her speech, “It was indeed a great experience to visit India's first UNESCO World Heritage city, a symbol of intercultural dialogue and unity in diversity.”
She added saying that the city boasts life, culture, and joy everyday with its extravagant lifestyle and is a symbol of religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence. She further stated that the significance of the city lies beyond the physical beauty of its architectural heritage.
Ahmedabad, which was founded in the 15th century, is located on the eastern bank of the Sabarmati River. The city comprises 28 Archaeological Survey of India's centrally protected monuments.
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