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DELHI'S IMPERIAL CAPITAL CITIES NOMINATION TO UNESCO’S LIST OF WORLD HERITAGE CITIES

Delhi’s Imperial Capital Cities’ comprising of the two imperial capital cities of Shahjahanabad and New Delhi were proposed for nomination to UNESCO’s List of World Heritage Cities in June 2015, the only nomination submitted to UNESCO by India this year. INTACH Delhi Chapter was given the responsibility for producing the dossier, a task that was undertaken very thoroughly and kept us busy for the last few years. A decision was to be taken at the 39th Session of the World Heritage Committee Meeting, held in Bonn, Germany from 28 June - 8 July 2015. To the complete surprise of the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, it appears that the nomination was withdrawn by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India without consulting the State Government. A Note on the UNESCO website simply stated that the ‘Nomination was withdrawn at the request of the State Party’. A further corrigendum dated 22nd May 2015 on the UNESCO Website stated that ‘The nomination of Delhi’s Imperial Capital Cities, India, has been postponed for consideration of the World Heritage Committee to a later date.’ The Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi has not been able to get any response from the Government of India as to why the nomination was withdrawn.