The letter which was addressed to Union Minister for Culture, Mahesh Sharma stressed the need and gave reasons for nominating Hyderabad for getting Heritage status.
Out of the 32 world heritage sites in India, Telangana does not have a single site. CM of the newly formed state of Telangana is keen to give a distinguished identity to the state and especially its capital city, Hyderabad.
Pressing for his demand he gave example of the bid by Rajasthan government in which the central government had submitted Fort Hills as its entry, twice. The first time UNESCO had deferred the status to Fort Hills, but the government had decided to submit same status for getting Heritage status.
This year the central government had plans to nominate Delhi as Imperial city in the UNESCO, but due to opposition from Ministry of Urban Development, the plan might be dropped.
Earlier Hyderabad was submitted as India’s entry for World Heritage Site in 2012, and the survey by the officials had also taken place. But due to nomination of Fort Hills, the status could not be granted to Hyderabad. So, the city of Hyderabad is the only site ready for nomination in UNESCO.
Adding supplements to his demand KCR also quoted the recent decision of a renowned travel journal, National Geographic Traveller, to accord the status of second best city in the “Must See” places.