UNESCO World Heritage Site Current Affairs - 2019

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Tourism Minister inaugurates 1st-ever architectural LED illumination at Qutb Minar

Prahalad Singh Patel, Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, inaugurated first-ever architectural LED illumination at Qutb Minar, the 12th-century monument, in New Delhi. Now with bottom to top illumination, the architectural beauty of historic Qutb Minar will display its historic majesty after sunset.

This step towards promotion of tourism is in line with Prime Minister’s goal of doubling foreign and domestic tourists in next 5 years.

Key Highlights

Objective behind illuminating historic monuments: To showcase monuments during late evenings, thereby enhancing visitor experience.

A total of 358 technologically advanced LED lights have been used to highlight architectural beauty including arches and minarets of Qutb Minar. These will consume 62% less electricity than conventional light fixtures.

New illumination comprises lighting that accentuates the silhouette of monument with interplay of light and shade. The monument will be illuminated from 7 pm to 11 pm.

Significance: Qutb Minar complex is a true reflection of India’s culture and contains history of several eras, therefore illumination of this magnificent monument will highlight true beauty of its elements and will not only increase the footfall of visitors but also benefit communities around it.

Background

To highlight archaeological magnificence of India’s historical monuments, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has taken up the project to illuminate important monuments of Delhi. The illumination of Red Fort, Purana Qila, Safdarjung Tomb and Humayun’s Tomb has already been completed and Tughlakabad Fort is also expected to be illuminated in coming time.

Also, as part of efforts to increase footfall in evening, public entry timings at Safdarjung Tomb, Humayun’s Tomb and Red Fort have been extended to 9 pm and Qutb Minar is already open till 10 pm.

Qutb Minar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS) and is one of most visited historical site in national capital.

Jaipur listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Walled City of Jaipur, known for its iconic architectural legacy and vibrant culture, made an official entry into UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Site list.

The decision was taken at 43rd session of UNESCO World Heritage Committee, underway in Azerbaijan from June 20 up to July 10. During this session, in addition to Jaipur, Committee examined 36 nominations for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

About Jaipur

Founded: It was founded in 1727 CE under the patronage of Maharaj Sawai Jai Singh II. It serves as capital city of culturally-rich state of Rajasthan.

Why Selected?

The Pink City Jaipur was nominated for its value of being an exemplary development in architecture and town planning that demonstrates an amalgamation and important exchange of ideas in late medieval period.

The city shows an interchange of ancient Hindu, Mughal and contemporary Western ideas in town planning that resulted in the form of city.

It is also a unique example of late medieval trade town in South Asia which defined new concepts for a thriving trade and commercial hub.

It is also associated with living traditions in form of crafts that have national as well as international recognition.

Significance: Being listed on world map as World Heritage site will give a boost to state’s tourism and local economy will benefit along with improving infrastructure.

About World Heritage Committee

It is composed of representatives of 21 States Parties to World Heritage Convention.

The representatives meet annually and the committee is in charge of implementing the Convention.

As of date total 1092 sites in 167 countries have been inscribed on UNSECO’s World Heritage List.