HYDERABAD: In line with his promise to turn Hyderabad into global city, chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao has drafted a letter to Union minister of state for culture Mahesh Sharma requesting him to push Hyderabad as India’s nomination for World Heritage Site to be announced by UNESCO for year 2015.
Every year, UNESCO allows each country to submit one site as its nomination for inclusion in the World Heritage Sites. “Of the 32 World Heritage Sites in the country, none is in Telangana,” he pointed out. He explained that in 2012 a nomination dossier for ‘Qutb Shahi monuments of Hyderabad _ Golconda Fort, Qutb Shahi Tombs and Charminar’ _ had been sent to the UNESCO as India’s nomination for that year. Although the International Council on Monuments and Sites had carried out an inspection of the said monuments in Hyderabad in October 2012, a decision on according ‘heritage’ tag to any of the sites had been pending, he noted. When the UNESCO deferred Rajasthan’s bid for inclusion of its Hill Forts in 2012, the Centre re-nominated the Rajasthan monument keeping Hyderabad’s case on hold, he told the minister.