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Bhubaneswar a perfect showcase for inclusion of more sites of Odisha in UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Bhubaneswar, February 2, 2018: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Friday hoped for inclusion of more sites of the State in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

“Bhubaneswar, our Capital city, is a unique confluence of history, heritage and modernity. Known as the Ekamra Kshetra, it has been the cultural seat of the state for centuries, preserving our unique heritage through the magnificent Kalingan temple architecture, the Jain caves to the spectacular conglomeration of monuments. Today, it is undergoing transformation into a Smart City in the country. I hope that more sites of our State will find place in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites,” said Patnaik.

The Government will take appropriate steps to identify, preserve and protect those sites as per the norms, asserted Patnaik.

Patnaik was speaking at the 5th International Biennial Conference of Indian Heritage Cities Network Foundation (IHCN-F) being jointly organised by State Government, Indian Heritage Cities Network Foundation and UNESCO, New Delhi. The other partners include Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), Culture, Housing and Urban Development Departments.

“While we are developing Smart City, we are laying equal emphasis on preservation of its cultural identity and heritage. The government is committed to develop modern amenities and facilities in our cities as well as making socio-cultural life vibrant with art, craft and heritage,” said Patnaik.

The programme, which is being held at Infosys campus here, will end on February 4. Planners, artists and international heritage conservation experts, among others are in attendance. The event is being conducted to exchange knowledge and experiences about the recent advancements made by different cities to harness their heritage assets for sustainable development.

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