UNESCO declares Ahmedabad a world heritage city, PM Narendra Modi calls it 'a matter of immense joy'

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Ahmedabad declared world heritage city
Ahmedabad declared world heritage city

New Delhi : UNESCO on Saturday declared Ahmedabad as a world heritage city; Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the move 'a matter of immense joy for India'.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and BJP chief Amit Shah also hailed the decision. Expressing delight at the announcement, Rupani said in a tweet, "Thrilled to learn that Ahmedabad has been recognised as UNESCO World Heritage city, first of its kind in India".

"Delighted to know that UNESCO has declared Ahmedabad as World Heritage City. A Proud moment for every Indian," the BJP national president said in a tweet.

Ahmedabad conquered the title by leaving cities like Delhi and Mumbai behind. 

The walled city of Ahmedabad believed to be founded by Ahmed Shah some six hundred years earlier has 26 ASI-protected structures, hundreds of pols that capture the essence of community living and numerous sites associated with Mahatma Gandhi who lived here from 1915 to 1930.

In 1984, the first study for conserving heritage structures was carried out in the city. A heritage cell was also set up by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).

The city had featured on UNESCO's tentative list of world heritage cities on March 31, 2011.