The sites in South India that ought to be in WHS
Tamil Nadu, India is a land of temples. Several of them 1000 year old. I live in one such temple town in Srirangam, which is the home of the largest living temple in the world, Shri Ranganatha Swamy Temple at Srirangam. Several other temples like, Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, Sri Ramanatha Swamy Temple, Rameswaram, to name just a couple of teh 100s that are literally littered all over Tamil Nadu are not even spoken about when their culture, art and architecture and on top of it the Spirituality. I am sure there are many more in several other parts of India as well as other unknown parts of the world. So the question is, why is that only a few are always talked about?
This fourm is discussing State of Conservation of the existing World Heritage Sites so Mahablipuram, Chola Temples, Hampi and Pattadakkal among the South Indian ones are covered as existing World Heritage Sites if you want to express any concern on those. Srirangam is on the tentative list and the others that you mention are significant enough. Possibly you can explore a serial nomination for these. But they do need to qualify for the Outstanding Universal Value and creitera as per Operational Guidelines. We appreciate your concern but this dialogue may be taken forward in the Nomination debate which OWH may address in a seprate theme here or under another forum.
Anegundi has been declared as a WHOby UNESCO.The current situation is that there is no Masterplan and no proper guidelines issued.
Request a discussion as we are the stakeholders here and have already conserved our ancestral home which is 250 years old
- SpoilerHampi WH Site is still in Danger!
Although « The Monuments at Hampi » is the official name of this WH Site covering over 4100 hectares with the buffer zone of 19,500 hectares, Hampi is an exemplary Cultural Landscape where the monuments and the built environment are shaped by its natural setting of the Tungabara River and the gigantic granite bolders that mark the geological formation of this region. Inscribed on the WH List in 1986, it was placed on the WH in Danger List from 1999-2006 due to inadequate management. However with political lobbying, Hampi was put off the Danger List with promises from the State Party that the Integrated Site Management Plan will be legally approved by the year end…THAT was 2006!! FIFTEEN years later in 2021, the Integrated Site Management Plan has not « yet » become legal! The Hampi WH Management Authority exists but evidently lack management capacity or perhaps political will to « enforce » but one cannot even speak of « enforcement » as adequate laws & regulations haven’t been adopted… Meanwhile illegal and inappropriate constructions continue… Hampi Authority should be in the front line working with the local communities to respect existing building regulations instead of focusing on demolitions causing great hardship for the owners of the demolished properties & local inhabitants who gained employment from these illegally built tourism facilities.
The WH Committee should be looking into the SOC of Hampi and UNESCO should be working with the State Party, Karnataka State Govt and Hampi WH Authority to finish the WH Management Plan and particularly, the detailed local urban plans and regulations covering the towns and villages within the WH Site core & buffer areas urgently…