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Ahmedabad: The Unesco World Heritage Center has finally responded to the report on the state of conservation of the civic body for the walled city as well as media reports.
In its December report, Unesco shared the concerns of its think tank, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), in particular regarding the construction of new buildings on the western side of the central walled area of the heritage city and its buffer zone. ASI and the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) had indicated that no high-rise development would be permitted, but it was unclear whether this provision applied to the buffer zone as well as the area listed in the World Heritage.
“…But it is not clear from the material provided by the State Party (Archaeological Survey of India) whether these issues have now been fully resolved,” the Unesco report said.
Unesco also took note of “media reports which had highlighted problems with traffic congestion, pollution and neglected pol buildings in poor condition”.
ASI’s May 2018 response regarding the efforts of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to monitor and address long-term challenges was noted by the global body, according to the report.
In 2019, ASI provided information on the Hutheesing Jain Temple, noting that “some conservation work has been completed, but further restoration work is awaiting the necessary financial resources”.
The Unesco report also drew attention to civil society concerns over the condition of Hazarat Qutub-e-Aalam’s tomb, demonstrating the extent of conservation needed for the building.
It is also recommended that Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) be applied to heritage restoration projects, as these may have an impact on the value of the property, which should be understood in advance.
Unesco, however, has welcomed improvements to local development regulations to support the conservation of Ahmadabad’s heritage fabric – particularly for the restoration of pol houses.
“While a number of tourism and visitor management actions have been implemented, the creation of the Visitor Management Plan is considered an essential component of the management system,” notes the Unesco report. . He also recalled the WHC’s recommendation that the Local Area Plan (LAP) should be completed, with particular emphasis on the conservation of wooden houses.
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