World heritage tag only if Hampi is restored: Unesco experts

#1 Jun 8th, 2004, 15:00
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The team from Unesco which visited the Hampi site on Monday served a ultimatum to State government and the local administration.

They stated that it would remove the Hampi site from the endangered list only if the site is restored to its former glory-- as it was during the Vijayanagara period.

The administration must take the protection of the site seriously, stated Fengjing chief of the Unesco Asia-Pacific division. He also said that the State government and the district administration had taken a step in the right direction and added that the Unesco team would give them tips on restoring the site to its original condition.

The Unesco team which will remain at the Hampi site till June 11 includes Mr Paul Traulad, Prof Kammer and Ms Minja Yang who is expected to join the team on Tuesday.

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This may be good news for the historical ruins at Hampi but I doubt if the families living in the bazaar will see it that way. The local goverment and Unesco has been trying to boot them out for years!!
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I'm not sure what's being suggested here. Is it that every last stone has to be fitted back into place? That's going to cost an awful lot of money and is Unesco going to foot the bill?

A lot of reconstruction tends to be conjecture, the prime example being Evan's work at the Palace of Knossos in Crete.

Personally, I hope they don't sanitise the site too much - I liked the fact that Hampi Bazaar was still fulfilling its original purpose.
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looks like hampi will become something like a walt disney park

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And then they'll build a big fence and start charging 500 rupees to enter each site...Another great rip off brought to you by NGOs and govt
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Hi,

There is always a part of good and a part of bad when somedody is doing something.

And doing nothing is not always good.

Do you think it is better to let this place like this ?

Did you visit Kajuraho ?
Did you visit Orchha ?

Can you compare and which place do you prefer ? Think 50 years more and imagine how will be Orchha (I don't know Hampi, only the History of the Vijayanagar Empire, so I choose Orchha wich is near Kajuraho).

If it is only a question of ticket at the entrance, when you go to these places you can offer to help for some roti and a charpoy. I am too lazy for this. I prefer sometimes to pay.

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