In yet another landmark achievement, India’s nomination of the “Victorian and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai” has been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The decision was taken at the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO at Manama in Bahrain on Saturday. As recommended by the World Heritage Committee, India accepted the renaming of the ensemble as Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai.
India has been successful in securing the inscription of the “Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai on UNESCO’s World Heritage List under Criteria (ii) and (iv) as defined in the UNESCO’s Operational Guidelines.
This makes Mumbai city the second city in India after Ahmedabad to be inscribed on the World Heritage List. In the past 5 years alone, India has managed to get inscribed seven of its properties/sites on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. India now has overall 37 World Heritage Inscriptions with 29 Cultural, 07 Natural and 01 Mixed sites. While India stands second largest in number after China in terms of number of World Heritage properties in ASPAC (Asia and Pacific) region, it is overall sixth in the world.
“Congratulations to the wonderful citizens of Mumbai on the Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensemble of the metropolis getting the tag of UNESCO World Heritage Site,” Prime Minister, Narendra Modi tweeted. The Union Minister of State for Culture (I/c) Dr. Mahesh Sharma has also congratulated the residents of Mumbai and the entire country for this landmark achievement. In his statement, the Minister said that the international recognition to the heritage precinct of the city of Mumbai is a matter of great pride to the nation and it will boost the local economy in a number of ways. He also added that this achievement is expected to give a tremendous fillip to domestic and international tourism leading to increased employment generation, creation of world-class infrastructure and augmentation of sale of local handicrafts, handlooms and heritage memorabilia.