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Another shot at heritage site tag for Majuli
- Expert from Hyderabad tours island to update cultural dossier for Unesco’s meeting in 2012

Jorhat, Feb. 27: The Centre is planning a third attempt to clinch the World Heritage Site tag for Majuli by revising and updating the heritage dossier of Asia’s largest river island.

In order to send a fitting dossier for nomination to the Unesco meeting scheduled at Abu Dhabi in 2012 to decide on new inclusions in World Heritage List, a conservation architect deputed by the Archaeological Survey of India arrived on a two-day visit to the island yesterday.

At the 30th World Heritage Site committee meeting of Unesco in Vilinius (Lithuania) in 2006, and in the 32nd meeting in Quebec in 2008, the proposal to grant World Heritage Site status to Majuli came up before the committee but could not make it to the final list.

It was in 2004, at the 28th annual meeting of Unesco at Suzhou (China), that the first proposal to include Majuli as a tentative site for the World Heritage Site tag was accepted.

Suryanarayana Murthy told The Telegraph over phone from the island today that his firm — M/S Kshetra — had been entrusted by the Archaeological Survey of India to prepare a new dossier on Majuli.

The firm provides consultancy in the matters of preservation of heritage sites/buildings and architecture planning.

Majuli sub-divisional officer (civil) Krishna Baruah said the island administration had received intimation from the Centre about the visit of an expert from a Hyderabad-based consultancy firm in connection with collecting and verifying information on the cultural aspects of Majuli.

The official said the vice-president of Majuli Island Protection and Development Committee, Ghana Nath, who is also a professor in a local college, has been assisting the expert on his visits to various satras.

Muthy said his visit was an advanced survey to verify the existing data and to update new information for preparing the dossier for the 2012 meeting of the Unesco’s committee on World Heritage Site.

He has visited over 10 satras between yesterday and today and was going through manuscripts and all kinds of ancient cultural resources.

After winding up his visit, the architect will return to Hyderabad.

A six-member group from the consultancy firm will arrive in the island on March 2 on an information-gathering visit.

After compiling all the data, the dossier will be prepared in Delhi and Hyderabad by a group of experts who will co-ordinate among themselves.

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