292 yr-old jaipur gets Heritage tag

UNESCO DG presents World Heritage Certificate; CM Gehlot misses ceremony due to illness but takes to twitter to express happiness

Jaipur: The Walled City area of Jaipur received a World Heritage certificate, which was presented by UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay to UDH Minister Shanti Dhariwal during a glittering cultural programme held at the iconic Albert Hall on Wednesday.

Speaking on the occasion, Azoulay praised the Pink City and said that Jaipur holds a different identity in the entire world due to its heritage, culture, architectural art and construction.

“It is an honour for me to visit the place from Paris. The people of Jaipur have preserved the cultural heritage well,” she said.

Commenting on the preservation efforts, UDH Minister Shanti Dhariwal said, “A state-level committee headed by the chief secretary was constituted by the state government. All the departments concerned were given the responsibility of maintaining the heritage as per a special area plan.”

In the morning, Azoulay visited the Amber Fort followed by a visit to Government Girls Higher Secondary School, where she interacted with the students. She was in the school for nearly 40 minutes. Azoulay said that the aim of this century is girl education.

She was so impressed with the beauty of Jaipur that she took photographs at many places, including Jal Mahal and Hawa Mahal.

A mesmerised Azoulay also saw a bird’s eye view of Jaipur from the top of Hawa Mahal and praised the Pink City’s beauty. During the day, she unveiled a plaque placed outside the Hawa Mahal by the Jaipur Municipal Corporation.

Ministers BD Kalla, Vishvendra Singh, Pratap Singh Khachariyawas, Shanti Dhariwal, CS DB Gupta, top officials of JMC and Tourism Department, including Principal Secretary Tourism, Shreya Guha, Municipal Commissioner Jaipur Greater and Jaipur Heritage Vijay Pal Singh, Director of Archeology Department Prakash Chand Sharma were present.