The Government of Delhi has proposed to UNESCO to include the state’s Imperial Capital Cities among the World Heritage Cities. The nomination dossier of ‘Delhi’s Imperial Capital Cities’ had been forwarded to UNESCO in 2014 for the purpose of its inscription in the World Heritage List, informed Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism and Culture and Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India, in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha yesterday.
As per the UNESCO Guidelines, after the submission of the nomination dossier, UNESCO sends their own evaluation mission. In October last year, an International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) evaluation mission visited Delhi to evaluate the site. They had asked for additional information with respect to the property that was forwarded to UNESCO by November. The ICOMOS team had called for a meeting on January 19, 2015 in France and Prof. A G K Menon, Convenor, INTACH Delhi Chapter, attended the meeting.