India proposes inscription of 39 sites in world heritage list

India has submitted a proposal to UNESCO World Heritage Centre for inscription of 39 serial sites in Western Ghats on its World Natural Heritage List, the Government said in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Updated: Nov 10, 2010, 17:46 PM IST

New Delhi: India has submitted a proposal
to UNESCO World Heritage Centre for inscription of 39 serial
sites in Western Ghats on its World Natural Heritage List, the
Government said in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
"These sites are in the states of Kerala, Karnataka,
Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. The Kass Plateau in Maharashtra is
one among the 39 serial sites included in India`s proposal,"
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V Narayanasami
said in a written reply.

He said a two-member technical team from International
Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Switzerland, was in
India last month to conduct field evaluation of the proposed
sites including Kass Plateau.

"The report of the team will be submitted to UNESCO,
Paris and based on that additional information/clarifications,
if any on India`s proposal may be required in near future,"
Narayanasami said.
All proposals for natural heritage submitted by the
state parties are evaluated by the World Heritage Centre,
Paris and the IUCN.

The minister also said the government and UNESCO have
not given any funds to preserve the wild flowers in Kass
Plateau.

PTI