First it was Ahmedabad last year which was followed by Mumbai this year – Indian heritage structures got world recognition in quick succession. These two cities getting listed on UNESCO World Heritage List seemed to have created awareness of heritage sites in our country. Now, Union Territory of Daman and Diu is also preparing ground work for this prestigious recognition.
The Department of Tourism, Daman, is preparing nomination dossier for listing of Diu fort on UNESCO’s list of world Heritage Sites. In fact, preparation of dossier is the first step in the long process of getting inscribed on the World Heritage list. However, preparing dossier and submission doesn’t guarantee that the monument or the structure will be listed which will be decided by the UNESCO committee. It should be noted that there is one year mandatory waiting period for a property to be on the Tentative list before the Nomination Dossier can be submitted and the same period now Daman administration wants to utilize for the preparation of the Nomination Dossier.
The Department is now scouting for an experienced conservationist to help them to prepare the Dossier. The selected candidate should undertake a site visit to identify the property and the various components that should be nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site nomination. In addition to the Historic Core of Diu comprising of Diu Fort, any other sites that are worthy of nomination, are to be included as part of the property.
Nani and Moti Daman Fort are the major tourist attractions of Daman and Diu. Spread over 12,250-sq.m Nani Daman fort has a huge gateway, facing the sea with a large statue of St Jerome and two human figures on its either sides. Moti Daman Fort, spread over 30,000 sq. m., is polygonal in shape and comprises ten citadels and two gateways – Southern Land Gate and the Northern Sea Gate with number of inscriptions. Both the ports are the creation of Portuguese who occupied the region for more than 400 hundred years.