India's Ahmedabad added to UNESCO's World Heritage List

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A day after Ahmedabad was declared as India's first World Heritage City, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Sunday expressed his excitement and stated that the move would help boost tourism in the state.

The World Heritage Committee (WHC) of UNESCO on Saturday placed Ahmedabad under the World Heritage City at the 41st session of the organisation?s World Heritage Committee meeting in Karkow, Poland.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Ahmedabad's inclusion in UNESCO's list of world heritage cities a matter of "immense joy for India" in a tweet written about 4 hours ago. During the nominations that took place past year, the city was chosen from the list which also included Delhi and Mumbai.

"Thrilled to learn that Ahmedabad has been recognised as UNESCO World heritage city, first of its kind India", Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani tweeted.

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"But I am hopeful that Ahmedabad will show the way to other cities, state and local governments and the Centre to go for heritage conservation". BJP president Amit Shah, too, expressed his delight at the prestigious status given to the city. It was Emperor Ahmed Shah who founded the city which is 606-year-old.

In 1984, the first study for conserving heritage structures was carried out in the city. Delhi, Mumbai were also fighting for this accolade.

The city's historic characteristics include densely- packed traditional houses ('pols') in gated traditional streets ('puras') with features such as bird feeders, public wells and religious institutions. "The city continued to flourish as the capital of the State of Gujarat for six centuries, up to the present".

"It is truly an honour to stand here with the delegation of India to witness the inscription of a city with over 600 years of unbroken history", India's ambassador and permanent representative Ruchira Kamboj said in her thanks message to the chair.

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