‘The Walled City of Jaipur’ proposed as next UNESCO heritage site
“The Walled City of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India” is the next proposed site for UNESCO World Heritage recognition, informed Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (independent charge) for Culture and Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate change .
The site namely “The Walled City of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India” has been proposed for World Heritage. As per Operation Guidelines 2017, only one site can be nominated by the state party each year. The recognition of World Heritage is a matter of great pride. It impacts the local economy by giving a boost to domestic and international tourism leading to increased employment Generation, creation of World class infrastructure and augmentation of sale of local handicrafts, handlooms and heritage memorabilia. Besides, it adds to the prestige of the country as well as prescribed site.
There are a total of 37 World Heritage sites in India at Present. There are 22 sites under the protection of Archaeological Survey of India and 2 sites under the protection of Ministry of Railways. There is one project under Protection of Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee, Rajasthan State Archaeology and Museums, Chandigarh Administration, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and Government of Maharashtra. There are 7 natural sites under the Protection of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes. Khangchendzonga National Park in Sikkim is under Protection of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes