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Six NE sites identified for listing under World Heritage
 
364 crore rupees spent in seven states on centrally protected monumentsSix NE sites identified for listing under World Heritage

As many as six monuments/historical sites in the North Eastern states have been identified tentatively for listing under World Heritage Site. A total of 83 monuments/sites of the North-Eastern States are centrally protected under the Archaeological Survey of India. Sites identified or placed under tentative list for listing under world heritage in the north eastern states are 
Apatani Cultural Landscape, Arunachal Pradesh
Iconic Saree Weaving Clusters of India
Moidams – the Mound – Burial System of the Ahom Dynasty, Assam
Namdapha National Park, Arunachal Pradesh
River Island of Majuli in midstream of Brahmaputra River in Assam
Thembang Fortified Village, Arunachal Pradesh
 
Total 364.69 crore rupees were spent on centrally protected monuments / sites in seven north eastern states in 2016-17. This was less than 470.74 crore rupees spent in 2015-16, but more than 305.29 crore rupees spent in 2014-15.

‘Monument Mitras’ to adopt heritage sitesSix NE sites identified for listing under World Heritage


Ministry of Tourism has also in close collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) launched “Adopt a Heritage Project” to provide world class tourist facilities at the various natural/cultural heritage sites, monuments and other tourist sites to make them tourist friendly, enhance their tourist potential and cultural importance in a planned and phased manner across the country.
The project primarily focuses on providing basic amenities that include cleanliness, public convenience, drinking water, ease of access for tourists, signage etc. and advanced amenities like TFC, Souvenir shop, Cafeteria etc. The project envisages that selected public sector companies, private sector companies and individuals will develop tourist amenities at heritage sites. They would become ‘Monument Mitra’ and adopt the sites essentially under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity. They would also look after the operations and maintenance of the adopted site initially for the 5 years subject to review at any time.

Project began last year with 93 ASI sitesSix NE sites identified for listing under World Heritage


The project began with 93 ASI ticketed monuments and has now been expanded to other natural and cultural heritage sites and other tourist sites across India. The project was launched by the President of India on 27th Sept, 2017 on the occasion of World Tourism Day. The heritage sites/monuments enlisted are categorized as green, blue and orange on the basis of tourist footfall and visibility. As a part of project guidelines, it is mandatory for Monument Mitra, who is opting for a monument from green category to choose at least one site from either orange or blue category. The most competitive and innovative vision would be considered as the successful bidding entity. The interested parties selecting more numbers of monuments from orange and blue category shall be given higher weightage. The Interested parties may also opt for any other heritage site/monument or tourist site not mentioned in the above list, under the project and the unlisted tourist site will automatically considered under blue category.

Focus on forming a sustainable model Six NE sites identified for listing under World Heritage


The project focuses on active industry participation to ensure a sustainable model formulation. Resources for the capital and recurring cost is proposed through industry participation, through CSR or any other funding option subject to review and approval of Oversight & Vision Committee. Monument Mitras would associate pride with these activities and will be provided limited visibility in the monument/site premises.

 
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