After years of planning, debating issues and pitching new ideas, Delhi’s final nomination dossier for a world heritage inscription by Unesco has finally been submitted to the Delhi government by Intach Delhi chapter. It began in 2008 when the first MoU was signed. To be pitched as ‘Imperial Cities of Delhi’, the final dossier highlights the contrasting lifestyles, culture, architecture, nature of these two contradictory time periods in Delhi—one which was under the Mughal Empire and the second under British colonial rule, which now represent the intellectual highpoints of the two empires. The final dossier has been submitted to Delhi Tourism, which is the nodal agency. It will now be scrutinized by the government, Archaeological Survey of India and then by world heritage apex committee which now details all world heritage proposals.
The verified dossier will then be submitted by the end of January, 2015,” said a senior official. The prerogative on whether Delhi’s nomination will be India’s entry to Unesco will be taken at the highest levels. “Unesco will announce whether Delhi has made the cut for a world heritage city by 2015,” added the official.