India has 40 sites on the unesco world heritage list

July 25: Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) follows its own guidelines for the conservation of centrally protected monuments as per the National Conservation Policy, 2014. There are 3696 centrally protected monuments/sites under the jurisdiction of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).  Conservation of monuments/sites is taken up as per the requirement and availability of resources.

Currently, India has 40 Sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List and 52 sites (including 6 added in the year 2022) on the UNESCO Tentative List.

Inclusion of any property in the Tentative List is a prerequisite condition for onward inclusion in the World Heritage List. Augmentation of the Tentative List is a continuous process. As per UNESCO Operational Guidelines, 2021, only one property, either cultural or natural, can be nominated for the inscription process annually.  Additionally, the inclusion of any site requires the fulfilment of Criteria, meeting the condition of authenticity and integrity and providing justification of Outstanding Universal Value.

This reply was given by Minister of Culture, Tourism and Development of North-Eastern Region Shri G Kishan Reddy in  Lok Sabha today.

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