AHMEDABAD: The dossier presenting the case for Ahmedabad to be recognized as a World Heritage City never made it to UNESCO — the 600-year-old Walled City has written a grand history, but the dossier writing didn't meet UNESCO standards.
In early January, a committee of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) withheld submission of AMC because the document was heaving with technical drawings but lacked 'soul'. So the dossier wasn't sent to Paris.
Indeed, it has emerged that the dossier is incomplete, despite being stuffed with arcane sketches, and neglects historical perspective. The last factor is critical in explaining "what makes Ahmedabad unique that it is unlike any other in the world."
The AMC's consultant, CEPT University, had spent four years and charged more than Rs 75 lakh for the preparation of the document. The Advisory Committee on the World Heritage Matters (ACWHM) of the Union ministry of culture has now told the AMC to take help of a two member sub-committee of principal director of the architectural heritage division at INTACH, Divay Gupta and projects director of Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Ratish Nanda to revise the dossier.