Chandigarh gears up to secure heritage status

December 12th, 2008 - 3:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Dec 12 (IANS) Gearing up efforts to gain heritage status for India’s City Beautiful known internationally for its architecture and urban planning, the Chandigarh administration has sought funds from the central government to maintain important buildings. “We have written to the union government demanding an approval and release of funds that we need to maintain the heritage status. Right now I cannot disclose the amount we demanded. We are still awaiting its sanction,” director of tourism, Chandigarh, Samwartak Singh told IANS.

The administration sought funds to protect and preserve the important buildings in Chandigarh and secure nomination from the UNESCO team which is likely to visit the city soon.

“We have compiled a detailed report reinforcing our claim for the heritage status and submitted it to the director general of Archaeological Survey of India. However, the final authority lies with the UNESCO that is expected to announce its verdict in February 2009,” Singh said.

Also, officials have been appointed for keeping a close tab on the developments in this regard. They are visiting New Delhi regularly and seeking support from the central government.

“If Chandigarh gets the heritage status, then it will be a matter of pride for the whole country. We had talked to officials in Delhi and they assured us of all help in this direction,” he said.

He said: “The city is bestowed with beautiful sites. We have a beautiful lake, world-class Rose and Rock Gardens where tourists from all across the globe throng round the year. To top it all, the recently concluded Carnival 2008 has put us on the world map. To sum up, we have all the reasons to get the much-coveted status.”

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