Jaipur: In good news that will make every Jaipurite feel proud, the UNESCO recognized the Walled City of Jaipur as the World Heritage Site. The civic authorities and tourism department had been trying to get this prestigious status for a long time. This will not give a major boost to tourism, but also pave way for grants and financial help to preserve the heritage of the old markets of Jaipur.
The UNESCO declared the Walled City as the World Heritage Site in its meeting in Baku on Saturday. The civic bodies and tourism department received a pat on the back from the Rajasthan government after the announcement by UNESCO on its Twitter handle.
“It’s a movement of pride for Jaipur. We have been trying to get this prestigious status. Jaipur really deserves this,” said a senior JMC officer.
The Jaipurites were also gala over the announcement.
“Jaipur has centuries old history and culture. This title should have been bestowed upon our city a long time ago. But it’s still not late. We are very proud and happy that Jaipur is now the World Heritage Site,” said Ramdas Sharma, a shopkeeper in Tripolia Bazaar.
The Rajasthan government had recently proposed a ban on new construction or major renovations in the Walled City without a prior permission from a review committee. The move was aimed at stepping up efforts to get Jaipur recognized as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The World Heritage Committee is examining 35 nominations for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List during its 43rd session, which is taking place in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, from June 30 to July 10 under the chair of Abulfas Garayev, Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan.