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Mumbai’s Oval Maidan Nominated for addition in the UNESCO World heritage List


Oval Maidan of Mumbai was selected by the centre for its nomination in United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) heritage list. The centre has communicated its nomination to the Paris based UNESCO. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had earlier written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, pushing for the site to be picked as India’s nomination for a world heritage tag. Actor Amitabh Bachchan had pitched in for the nomination of the site’s Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensemble.

International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) will visit Mumbai to review the site. They will interact with the state government, visit the site, learn its surroundings and cultural significance and compile a report that will be discussed at the next session of the world heritage committee, which might be in June 2018

 The nominated property has two heritage precincts the Fort Precinct and the Marine Drive Precinct which include a collection of 19th century Victorian structures and 20th century Art Deco buildings. Some of the prominent buildings include the Bombay high court building, university campus, Rajabai clock tower, old secretariat building, Western Railway headquarters, David Sassoon library, Watson’s Hotel and the museum (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya). These boundaries hold the largest cluster of art deco buildings after Miami.

A world heritage site tag will give it international fame, attracting more tourists. The site will also receive more funding from global bodies for conservation and upkeep.


Oval Maidan






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