Madhya Pradesh Cultural Heritage Project
Madhya Pradesh, the second 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 government of Madhya Pradesh’s Department of Culture to develop a sustainable management program for continued conservation and maintenance of the state’s heritage sites. Working at nearly 40 sites, WMF has engaged 19 consultants to assess, document and plan for heritage conservation projects, as well as to develop conservation management plans and monitor the implementation of selected conservation projects to completion. A Project Monitoring Committee has been created to establish project goals and standards, and to oversee management of the project. The committee is directing and facilitating 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. The project also includes capacity building and training in the region, and has offered many opportunities for professional collaboration. Conservation work is now underway at sites in Orchha, Indore, Dhar, Mandsaur and Ujjain.
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.