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Mumbai’s Oval Maidan a step closer to world heritage tag

Officials inspect area in final step to get UNESCO accreditation; result likely to be declared in six months

mumbai Updated: Sep 12, 2017 13:06 IST
Sanjana Bhalerao
The Centre had nominated the Victorian and Art deco precinct around the Oval Maidan for a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organistation (UNESCO) accreditation earlier this year.
The Centre had nominated the Victorian and Art deco precinct around the Oval Maidan for a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organistation (UNESCO) accreditation earlier this year. (HT)

The Oval Maidan got a step closer to a world heritage tag, as the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) concluded a much-awaited inspection — the second and final step of accreditation — of the site on Monday.

The results of the inspection, sources said, would be out in six months.

The Centre had nominated the Victorian and Art deco precinct around the Oval Maidan for a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) accreditation earlier this year.

The tag will be a shot in the arm for tourism in the financial capital and also help generate funds from the international body for preservation and restoration of the precinct.

At present, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus is the only site from Mumbai to receive the World heritage tag.

After being nominated earlier this year, there accreditation was to pass through two steps. First is a review of the heritage dossier of the area, which in this case was prepared by conservation architect Abha Narain Lambah, and second is the inspection of the area.

The ICOMOS experts landed in the country on Thursday and have been conducting an inspection of the Oval Maidan since Friday.

The Oval Maidan in south Mumbai, which has already been declared a heritage site by the local civic body, is a vast open space that lies at the heart of the proposed property.

To the east of the maidan, lies the historic Fort area with its 19th century Victorian Neo Gothic public buildings and to its West, stands the 20th century Art Deco buildings of BackBay Reclamation and Marine Drive.

Together, these two architectural ensembles constitute a most remarkable collection of Victorian and Art Deco buildings, the largest such conglomeration of these two genres of architecture in the world, read the dossier submitted to the committee.