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Wednesday, 5 September 2012

UN honour for Sonar Fort

TNN | Sep 1, 2012, 02.14AM IST

JAISALMER: The conservation work of Hariraj Ji Fort situated in Jaisalmer's Sonar Fort carried out by the Indian National Trust for Art and Culture Heritage (INTACH), has found a mention in the recently announced Unesco's Asia Pacific Heritage Award 2012. The Fort dates back to the 16th century.

The award was announced at a function in Bangkok on August 27. Forty-three entries from 11 countries were received for this award out of which 10 awards were announced of which three awards have been given to India, including Jaisalmer Fort, Sethna building in Mumbai and Chandramouleshwar temple in Hampi in Karnataka for water system.

Unesco's cultural unit's Bangkok head, Rim Curtis, said every year the Nations body presents the Asia Pacific Award for culture heritage conservation programme. For 2012, a jury of conservation experts from 11 countries was announced. Discussions were held on these entries between June 5 and 7 at Bangkok and on August 27, the awards were announced.

Out of 10 awards that were presented, three were given to heritages conservation woks in India that include Hariraj Ji fort in Jaisalmer, Sethna building in Mumbai and an ancient temple in Hampi (Karnataka). He said that the Hariraj Ji Mahal was granted an honourable mention.

Responding to threat posed by the progressive decay of the fabled 16th century monument, the restoration work is exemplary. The restored palace is now used for social and cultural events thus ensuring a viable and sustainable function of the space while maintaining its historical authenticity.

The conservation work at Hariraj Ji Fort in Jaisalmer was done under the supervision of Intach with funds provided by the World Monument fund, London. The conservation work began in 2002 and ended in 2011. Rs 1 crore was spent for the purpose.

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