Government to seek Unesco World Heritage status for Qutub Shahi tombs, restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Spearheading conservation: IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao inspecting the renovated Badi Baoli within Qutb Shahi tombs complex in Hyderabad on Tuesday. | Photo Credit: Nagara Gopal/The Hindu
Spearheading conservation: IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao inspecting the renovated Badi Baoli within Qutb Shahi tombs complex in Hyderabad on Tuesday. | Photo Credit: Nagara Gopal/The Hindu

Govt. will strive to get Unesco World Heritage Site status for Qutb Shahi tombs complex and Golconda fort, says IT Minister

Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development K.T. Rama Rao said that the government would strive to get Unesco World Heritage Site status for the Qutb Shahi tombs complex and Golconda fort. “We will take all steps possible to make it happen. If budgetary support is needed, we will pitch in with that as well,” he said, presiding over the completion ceremony of Badi Baoli, inside the tombs complex.

The Badi Baoli is one of the biggest heritage step wells in Hyderabad and has been painstakingly restored as part of the conservation effort led by Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) aided by Tata Trusts and backed by Telangana Department of Archaeology and Museums.

“The conservation effort here shows what can be done with this heritage site. We can do what Istanbul has done with its heritage,” said Mr. Rao as he went around the site asking questions and clarifying doubts. “I have lived in Hyderabad but I never visited this place in 40 years of my life. I want that to change and make this a place of pride for everyone in the city,” said Mr. Rao.

Source: KTR pledges to make Badi Baoli Hyderabad’s pride – The Hindu

 

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