Delhi’s chance to become the first ‘world heritage city’ in India has been holed out. On 21 May, the Centre withdrew the nomination for a Unesco Heritage City without giving any reason.
The decision shocked conservationists and heritage lovers as it came just a month before Unesco’s review of nominations from across the world.
The Unesco World Heritage website, which updates nominations for its review session in Germany next month, said Delhi’s imperial capital cities’ nomination was withdrawn by the state party (permanent delegation of India to Unesco) on 21 May.
In an embarrassment for India, the country is out of the running at this year’s World Heritage Committee session as Delhi was its only entry.
Another expert said, “If India re-nominates Delhi for the tag, the process of submitting the tentative and final dossiers would take two to four years at least.”
“Delhi is the only nomination submitted last year for the world heritage tag,” said an official. “Kanchenjunga’s nomination was also planned in the natural section, but its dossier could not be completed in time due to some boundary disputes. Kanchenjunga, Nalanda and Chandigarh were nominated this year in February and they will be reviewed only in June 2016.”