Mysore, May 23 UNI | 2 months ago

UNESCO World Heritage Centre has made a tentative list of the monuments and forts of the Deccan Sultanate in Gulbarga, Bidar and Bijapur, the monuments of Srirangapatna and the temples of Belur and Halebid in the Karnataka.

Three groups of monuments from Karnataka are now a step closer to be inscribed as world heritage sites on the lines of Hampi and Badami-Pattadakal and Ahihole group of monuments.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who announced their inclusion in the tentative list here last evening in a function, expressed the hope that they would make it to the world heritage site list.

The details were explained by C G Bethsurmath, Commissioner, Department of Archaeology Museums and Heritage. 'We received a confirmation' from the Advisory Committee on World Heritage Matters, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, ' in the first week of May that all the three dossiers were accepted and three groups of monuments have made it to the UNESCO's tentative list,' Mr Bethsurmath said.

He said the monuments should be on the tentative list for at least one year before they could be submitted again for inscription as a world heritage site. But there are many parameters that need to be fulfilled with regard to maintenance and conservation of the monuments before submitting a detailed dossier. Hence, the exercise will take some time.

As on April 15, 2014, there were 48 Indian sites, including the three in Karnataka, on the tentative list. Other sites in the country include Mandu in Madhya Pradesh, an ancient Buddhist site at Sarnath, Varanasi; archaeological remains of the Harappan port town of Lothal, Chilka lake, Churchgate, Mumbai, Dholavira, which is a Harappan city, the Mughal Gardens in Kashmir and Sri Ranganathaswamy temple in Srirangam.

(Posted on 23-05-2014)