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Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri (India) (C 252; C 251; C 255)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List:

Taj Mahal:

1983

Agra Fort:

1983

Fatehpur Sikri:

1986

Taj Mahal:

(i)

Agra Fort:

(iii)

Fatehpur Sikri

(ii) (iii) (iv)

Criteria

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger N/A

Previous Committee Decisions 28 COM 15B.58; 29 COM 7B.59; 31 COM 7B.80

International Assistance Total amount provided to the property: USD 38,753 (Taj Mahal)

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds Total amount provided to the property: USD 158,200 under the UNESCO/Aventis project “Preservation of Taj Mahal and other Monuments in Agra”.

Previous monitoring missions 2004: Joint World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports In 2003: Development project negatively impacting the World Heritage value of the properties of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort (‘Taj Heritage Corridor Project’). The project was suspended by the Indian authorities in 2004.

Illustrative material http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/252 http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/251 http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/255

Current conservation issues

No progress report has been received from the State Party, as requested by the Committee at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007).

In August 2009, the World Heritage Centre received written and photographic information concerning the construction of a new bridge over the Yamuna River in the vicinity of the Taj Mahal, which might impact adversely on the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort World Heritage properties.

In accordance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, in December 2009 the World Heritage Centre requested the State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre with comments on the information received and, if the project was confirmed, it further requested the State Party to provide to the World Heritage Centre for review by the Advisory Bodies, detailed information about the project, together with any impact assessment studies that might have been undertaken. No response has been received from the State Party.

The World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies regret that no details have been provided by the State Party on the apparent proposals to construct a rope bridge near to the Taj Mahal and consider that information on whether this project is still being considered, and if so its potential impact on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, need to be submitted as a matter of urgency to the World Heritage Centre, for review by the Advisory

State of conservation of World Heritage properties inscribed on the World Heritage List

WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add, p. 120

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