Experts gear up to secure world heritage city status for Ayodhya

There are seven stages of getting on the UNESCO list. Three are related with the technicalities of the proposal and rest are political. 
It takes 10-12 years to get a city listed as World Heritage City.(HT File Photo)
It takes 10-12 years to get a city listed as World Heritage City.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 01, 2017 01:18 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By, Lucknow

Experts are preparing a detailed project report to ensure a place for Ayodhya -- one of the holiest cities for the Hindus and the birthplace of Lord Rama -- on the UNESCO’s prestigious list of World Heritage Cities.

8 parameters that Ayodhya fulfils

Representing a masterpiece of human creative genius. 

Exhibiting interchange of human values in architecture and monuments.

Testimony to cultural tradition in history. 

Outstanding example of architectural ensemble and landscape (river front scapes). 

Example of a traditional habitat, culture and interaction.

Example of the continuity of living traditions of life (intangible).

Beauty of natural phenomena and aesthetic importance.

Unique traditional performance: example of environmental theatre.

Vice chancellor, Ram Manohar Lohia Awadh University, Faizabad, Prof Manoj Dixit is the man behind the initiative. The Asian Cultural Landscape Association of South Korea, headed by Prof Sung –Kyun Kim, is aptly assisting Prof Dixit in his endeavour. 

Prof Dixit will soon petition the Uttar Pradesh government to take the initiative forward. 

The Asian Cultural Landscape Association met on July 30 to discuss the issue. Prof Rana PB Singh, vice president of the association, presided over the meeting. “Ayodhya fulfils eight out of 10 parameters that the UNESCO has set up for declaring a city as World Heritage City,” Prof Dixit told HT on phone from Faizabad. 

“We are in the process of preparing a detailed project report on Ayodhya that will be tabled next year in the conference of the Asian Cultural Landscape Association,” he said . 

At present, the 606-year-old Ahmedabad, which was founded by emperor Ahmed Shah, is the first Indian city to make it to the prestigious list. It got the World Heritage City tag on July 8 this year. 

“It takes 10-12 years to get a city listed as World Heritage City . We have to start the process now to achieve the target,” said Prof Dixit. 

There are seven stages of getting on the UNESCO list. Three are related with the technicalities of the proposal and rest are political. 

Read more: Gujarat to celebrate Ahmedabad’s world heritage city tag on grand scale ahead of polls

However, Lucknow and Mumbai missed out on their chance to be a part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN ) this year. The union government could only submit Chennai’s dossier to the UNESCO , not Lucknow and Mumbai’s. Now, the next opportunity for submission of dossiers for the UCCN will be in 2019 as UNESCO guidelines permit a country to nominate three cities every two years . 

The historic city of Varanasi is also waiting for the coveted UNESCO tag. 

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    Pawan Dixit has been a journalist for over a decade. He has extensively covered eastern UP for around five years, covered 2012 UP assembly polls, 2014 Lok Sabha polls while being stationed in Varanasi. Now, in Lucknow, he covers outstation political assignments, reports special cases from district court, high court and state information commission

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