Mumbai’s Victorian and Art Deco architecture will be once again in limelight at the World Heritage Committee’s annual session in Bahrain this week. The Committee will discuss nominations for the prestigious UNESCO label at the annual meeting which is being held at Bahrain from 24th June to 4th July and the cluster of Victorian and Art Deco buildings in Fort and Marine Drive heritage precincts is among 30 locations and landmarks hoping to join UNESCOÆs famous World Heritage List’. The World Heritage Committee is comprised of representatives from 21 States Parties to the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage elected by the General Assembly of States Parties to the Convention.
There are five natural sites, including one extension to a site already inscribed, three mixed sites (i.e. both natural and cultural) and 22 cultural sites among the nominations. The Committee will furthermore examine the state of conservation of 157 sites already on the World Heritage List. Fifty-four of those sites are also on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
Ivrea, industrial city of the 20th century (Italy), Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region (Japan) and Funeral and memorial sites of the First World War (Western Front) (Belgium / France) are also some of the other contenders for this ‘World Heritage List’ tag.
The south Mumbai cluster has been described as ôthe largest such conglomeration of these two genres of architecture in the world. If it gains the UNESCO tag, it be the city’s third Word Heritage Site after Elephanta Caves and CST.