Qutub Shahi Monuments, Golconda Forts and Charminar will be inspected by UNESCO

Qutub Shahi Monuments, Golconda Forts and Charminar will be inspected by UNESCO this month 25 and 26. The much awaited inspection of the city's prime Qutub Shahi monuments for the coveted world heritage tag will take place on September 25 and 26. The team from the International Council on Monuments and Sites (Icomos), the advisory body to Unesco's World Heritage Committee will be in the city to inspect Charminar, Golconda Fort and Qutub Shahi Tombs for inclusion in the list of world heritage sites of 2013.

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Inspection to Golconda Fort, Qutub Shahi Tombs and Charminar

Charminar Heritage InspectionWhile officials are unaware about the composition of the team, it has been learnt that an architectural expert from Iran will be part of the team. As per the schedule drawn up, the team along with ASI officials will visit Golconda Fort and Qutub Shahi Tombs on September 25 and Charminar on September 26. The announcement of the dates has infused haste into last minute preparations. The world heritage tag will secure Unesco funds for the monuments and is expected give a boost to tourism in the city.

Pending works include removal of rank vegetation, repairing pathways, and repairing lampposts at Qutub Shahi Tombs by the state archeology department. At the Charminar, ASI officials are planning to carry out minor repair works to stucco and floral patterns that line the upper half of the monument. There is also a proposal for chemical wash of the monument but it may not take place before the arrival of the team.

While state archeology department officials are confident of handling beautification tasks on time, they have thrown up their hands when it comes to encroachments. "It is impossible to remove squatters in such a short amount of time. We fear that we may not be able to meet the expectations of Icomos panel," said one official.

Religious structures at Charminar are amongst the insurmountable problems. ASI's efforts to get the managements of the religious institutions to the talking table have not worked. Sources say that even the cops are unwilling to make a move on the sensitive issue keeping in mind the festival season.

Many constructions within the Golconda have come up violating the Ancient Monuments and Archeological Sites and Remains (AM and ASR) Act which lies down that no constructions or encroachments should exist within 300 meters of a protected structure. The GHMC recently demolished some parts of a four-storey building near Qutub Shahi Tombs but ten more buildings are yet to be demolished.

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