36 Sites from India are inscribed on the World Heritage List which include 28 Cultural, 7 Natural and 1 Mixed category site. This information was given by Minister of State (IC) for Culture and Minister of State for Environment, Forest & Climate Change Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha yesterday.
There are 3686 monuments/sites under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). During the last three years, the Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda University) at Nalanda (Bihar); The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement, Chandigarh and Historic City of Ahmedabad under cultural category and Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim under mixed category are added to the World Heritage List and the Vishnu Temple, Wynad (Kerala) is added to the protection list of ASI.
There has been substantiall increase in the allocation of funds for maintenance of ASI protected monuments and World Cultural Heritage Sites over last four years. The government had allocated a sum of Rs 243.10 crore for maintenance of ASI protected monuments and World Cultural Heritage Sites in 2014-15 which has gone up to Rs 433.17 crore in 2017-18.