New Delhi/Mumbai: In a double cheer for India, two building clusters of Victorian Gothic and Art Deco architectural styles in Mumbai were on Saturday jointly inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, pushing the country's financial capital high on global cultural map.
This is the third such honour for the metropolis after the Elephanta Caves and the majestic Victoria Terminus -- rechristened Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station railway station -- which earned the coveted tag in 1987 and 2004 respectively.
"Just inscribed as @UNESCO #WorldHeritage site: Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai, #India Congratulations!," UNSECO tweeted.
The decision was taken during the 42nd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC), currently underway in Manama, Bahrain.
Mumbai-based conservation architect Abha Narain Lambah, who prepared the voluminous nomination dossier 'Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai', said it is a great honour for the city and for India.
"These buildings are of iconic architectural styles. They represent a living heritage of the country, and the evolution of the landscape of the city over nearly two centuries. It puts Mumbai, perennially described the 'financial city', high up on global cultural map.
"All 21 countries in the WHC supported the nomination which is very rare. Azerbaijan called it the 'perfect' dossier and Fra...