Delhi on Wednesday was picked as India’s nomination for the title of Unesco’s ‘World Heritage City’, beating out Mumbai. This is the first such honour for any Indian city.
The ministry of culture’s advisory committee on world heritage matters cleared Delhi’s proposal as its ‘priority entry’ for 2014 nominations. Mumbai is the runner-up. Shahjahanabad and New Delhi (basically the Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone) are the two precincts included in Delhi’s proposal.
If the city-state makes it to Unesco’s final list, the honour will not just help raise awareness about heritage and conservation but also draw tourists to the national capital. The final dossier will now be sent to Unesco, which will announce its decision in June 2015.