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World heritage status sought for three historic sites in Hyderabad

Andhra Pradesh government files papers for such a status to Charminar, Golkonda and Qutb Shahi tombs

The State government has filed papers through the Union Government for declaring Charminar, Golkonda and Qutb Shahi Tombs as World Heritage sites by UNESCO, GHMC Commissioner M.T. Krishna Babu said on Monday.

A selection committee of UNESCO had inspected these historic sites and had suggested removal of encroachments and unauthorised constructions near them as these were obstructing the view. The panel had also suggested uniform signages at Pathergatti near Charminar, he said.

Cost sharing

The municipal corporation was ready to bear 50 per cent of the cost with the rest being borne by the shop owners, he informed Tourism Commissioner Rajath Kumar when they met at the head office to discuss implementation of the suggestions made by the committee, an official spokesman said.

A joint inspection of municipal and tourism officials will be taken up. The APCPDCL will be involved in shifting of transformers, electric lines and cables near the monuments.

Landscaping will also be taken up near the tombs for presenting a better façade, he added.