India sites seek world heritage status

23rd Oct 2012

A number of historic sites across India could well see tourism booms if they're granted world heritage status.

The famous Lord Sri Ranganathar temple in Srirangam, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, is among five sites included in a tentative list by the Union Culture ministry for the Unesco status.

Union Culture minister Kumari Selja said the 17th century Fort St George in Chennai; Kazhugumalai rock sculptures and Pulicat Lake were also on the list.

Local governments were invited to send proposals supporting their claim to be included for heritage status, said Selja during a tour of heritage sites in the south Tamil Nadu region of southern India.

The minister also visited the Saraswathi Mahal library and commented on the many invaluable materials housed inside while also pledging the centre would support the library in maintaining in line with global standards.

Selja also claimed a desire to maintain the traditional industry of the nearby Thirubuvanam, known for its silk sarees.

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