As per UNESCO’s Operation Guidelines 2017, only one site can be proposed or nominated each year, and last year, it was the Walled City of Jaipur which was proposed by India to UNESCO. This year, in July, meeting of world heritage committee will be held at Azerbaijan’s Baku city. There are expectations that major decisions might be taken in this meeting for Jaipur.
The meeting is held every year in different cities. It was in 2015 when the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) submitted a proposal to UNESCO to grant Jaipur the heritage status. Since then, it has been in the list; hope this time it gets lucky., UNESCO World Heritage recognition is a matter of pride, which directly impacts the local economy and boosts domestic and international tourism. This eventually leads to building of world-class infrastructure and augments the sale of handlooms, local handicrafts, and heritage memorabilia.
Jaipur boasts of rich heritage and majestic splendour, and has a blend of history and culture that makes it a very interesting destination for discerning travellers. The planning of the city has also been on the lines of Lahore, Tunis, and Cairo; the unique layout of streets flanked by colourful shops makes for a commendable show of intriguing town planning.
At present, India boasts of having 37 World Heritage sites. Apart from the proposed site, the state of Rajasthan also boasts of having other sites that are already in that list of 37. And those sites are Chittorgarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh, Ranthambore Fort, Gagron Fort, Amber Fort, Jaisalmer Fort, Jantar Mantar and Keoladeo National Park. So a new addition to the list will definitely augment the list and add to the pride of country.