The Government has selected Mumbai’s Victorian and Art Deco district around the Oval Maidan to be nominated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) for 2017-18. Paris’ World Heritage Centre will send a team for the inspection of the site in September-October 2017.
The UN Centre has written to the Government of India that the heritage dossier submitted for the Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble has passed the document check and will send a mission in September-October to look after the management framework. The submitted dossier has been prepared by architect Abha Narain Lambah and seconded by several citizens’ associations at Churchgate, Nariman Point, Oval and Cooperage areas.
The area nominated for the UNESCO heritage tag consist of Fort and Marine Drive and has 19th-century Victorian structures and 20th century Art Deco buildings. It has several prominent buildings including Bombay High Court building, Rajabai Tower, Mumbai University Campus, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya and David Sassoon Library. The visit to the sites will be arranged by the Archaeological Survey of India.
If the UNESCO approved the Oval Maidan precinct for the heritage tag then it will be the third world heritage site in Mumbai. The other two are Elephanta Caves and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.