Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex was declared a World Heritage site by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in a meeting held in Istanbul on Sunday.
The City Beautiful had been eagerly waiting for the UNESCO verdict on the status of Capitol Complex, part of the group of 17 buildings designed by French architect Le Corbusier.
Following the failed military coup in Turkey, the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee had been earlier suspended on Saturday.
UT chief architect Kapil Setia is presently in Instanbul, representing the UT administration. The heritage meeting had started last Sunday.
The International Council on Monuments and Sites, the world heritage body, had accepted the recommendations of the expert heritage committee formed by the home ministry, and put the Capitol Complex in grade-1.
Setia had earlier made a detailed presentation on the management plan of the Capitol Complex, which is India’s entry as part of the transnational serial dossier.