AHMEDABAD: In July this year, Ahmedabad’s Walled City became Indian’s first to be bestowed with Unesco’s World Heritage Tag. It was a global recognition both for Amdavadis and for Indians. But both major parties, BJP and the Congress, have given this world honour a miss in their poll campaigns. Interestingly, since 2009, projects like BRTS, Sabarmati riverfront and Kankaria lakefront have often appeared as mascots of ‘vikas’ or development for parties during elections.
As a city, heritage experts say, the Unesco tag is a chance for old cities to see if heritage conservation and development can go together.
A Walled City resident, Himanshu Patel, in Dhobi ni pol points out, “For me, the Unesco tag meant better civic facilities and community life. We don’t hear any promises by political parties.”