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MADHYA PRADESH CULTURAL HERITAGE PROJECT
Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Madhya Pradesh
Various Cities, India
Madhya Pradesh, the largest state in India, is located in the center of the country and is filled with heritage sites of great cultural importance chronicling the history of the region. There are 167 state-designated heritage sites in Madhya Pradesh and many of them have been identified as needing conservation. Due to Madhya Pradesh’s complex history, these sites are of a diverse range of styles and ages and spread over a wide terrain. Encroachment on the sites is a concern and there is a need for greater expertise on conservation and management.
HOW WE HELPED
WMF has partnered with the state government’s Department of Culture to develop a sustainable management system for continued conservation and maintenance of Madhya Pradesh’s heritage sites. Work includes assessment, documentation, and planning phases of heritage conservation projects, developing conservation management plans, as well as monitoring the implementation of selected conservation projects to completion. The project will also include capacity building and training in the region. A Project Monitoring Committee has been created to establish project goals and standards, and to oversee management of the project. The goal of the current work is to create detailed project reports, which will identify plans for conservation work as well as establish a methodology for implementation. The committee will direct and facilitate the project in order to protect, preserve, and promote the heritage resources within the state. WMF has appointed a project coordination team to oversee work and supervise technical aspects of the project.
WHY IT MATTERS
This project will serve as a model for sustainable management of conservation projects in India and around the world. The state of Madhya Pradesh has a large number of cultural resources and has a great potential for tourism, as it is accessible from Delhi and Agra. WMF’s work on a portfolio of important heritage sites in the state in partnership with the government is a significant first step towards securing some of Madhya Pradesh’s most important monuments.
The Many Wonders of India
Since 1995, World Monuments Fund has worked in India on projects addressing conservation needs at diverse heritage sites, and 31 sites have been included on the World Monuments Watch. For many of these sites, WMF was able to secure funding and assist in the improved conservation and stewardship of these important cultural treasures. Amita Baig, World Monuments Fund Representative in India, discusses a selection of projects and Watch sites, including work on the Delhi Heritage Route, Balaji Ghat, and a new project focusing on documentation and conservation of the heritage of Madhya Pradesh, often called the heart of India.