STATE TIMES NEWS SRINAGAR: The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan on Monday convened a meeting to discuss the preparation of nomination dossier for listing of Mughal gardens on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. The meeting was attended by Director Archives, Archaeology & Museums, Muneer-ul-Islam; Deputy Director Archives, Archaeology & Museums, Mushtaq Ahmed Beigh; Conservation Architect & Historic Building consultant, Abha Narain Lambah and Executive Director Knight Frank, Deben Moza. Abha Narain Lambah is the project consultant for the preparation of nomination dossier. During the first meeting on the subject, threadbare discussions were held on various aspects that need to be looked into while preparing dossier. Project consultant, Abha Narain Lambah gave a detailed presentation regarding how to prepare a nomination dossier. She informed the meeting that among 38 World Heritage Sites located in India, J&K has no such site in UNESCO’s list. To be included in the World Heritage list, she said, the sites must be of outstanding universal value and should meet the selection criteria. She further said that she is hopeful about listing of J&K’s Mughals gardens as World Heritage Site given their rich natural and cultural heritage. The Div Com assured that all the necessary support will be provided by the divisional administration in this regard and directed the concerned departments to cooperate and provide necessary information for the formulation of the dossier. Earlier, Muneer-ul-Islam in an interactive session with Abha Narain Lambah said that concrete efforts are needed to bring Mughal Gardens on world heritage site of UNESCO. He said the department is taking initiatives to preserve and promote heritage treasure of the Valley. He said that JKAACL is introducing film section besides reviving Tehzeeb Mehal, creation of Art Museum and digitization of literary treasure. He said that the objective of the interaction was to give nomination dossier for Mughal Gardens as world heritage sites at UNESCO, for which consultation with stack holders of J&K is also being held. On the occasion, Abha Narain Lambah gave a Power Point Presentation to brief about preservation and promotion of heritage sites, besides initiatives being taken to bring heritage sites on UNESCO map including Mughal Garden, Burzuhama heritage site and cold deserts culture.
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