Hyderabad: Tourism Minister V Srinivas Goud on Thursday urged Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy to expedite measures to nominate Golconda Fort, Qutb Shahi Tombs, Charminar and Thousand Pillar Temple in Hanamkonda for the UNESCO World Heritage Site recognition.
After Ramappa temple was recognised as World Heritage Site by UNESCO recently, the State government has been working for recognition of these iconic structures in the State.
In a memorandum submitted to the Union Tourism Minister in New Delhi, Srinivas Goud said in 2011, a dossier was prepared and submitted for Charminar along with Golconda Fort and Qutb Shahi Tombs. This apart, in 2019, a dossier for the serial World Heritage Site nomination under the name “Monuments and Forts of Deccan Sultanates” was already prepared and submitted to the Archaeological Survey of India along with monuments of Gulbarga, Bidar and Bijapur in Karnataka.
The Archaeological Survey of India was maintaining Golconda Fort, Charminar and the Thousand Pillar Temple. In 2013, The Department of Heritage, Telangana entered an agreement with Aga Khan Trust for Culture for the conservation and holistic development of Qutb Shahi Tombs complex and works are progressing steadily.
Srinivas Goud appealed to the Union Minister to instruct the Ministry concerned to review the dossiers and provide necessary guidance for resubmission of the dossiers, if required. “I assure that the State government will provide all the necessary assistance and support to ensure that requisite regulations and guidelines are met,” he said.
He further added that existing building bye-laws could be amended for the above areas, besides setting up regulatory committees and other measures required for UNESCO World Heritage Site nomination.
Srinivas Goud also sought funds and approvals for following projects from Central government.
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