Hathee Singh Jain Temple in Ahmedabad, India. UNESCO has designated Ahmedabad a world heritage city. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

AHMEDABAD — Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah July 8 hailed UNESCO's declaration of Ahmedabad as world heritage city.

"Just inscribed as UNESCO world heritage site: Historic city of Ahmedabad #India," UNESCO said in a tweet tonight.

Expressing delight at the announcement, Rupani said in a tweet, "Thrilled to learn that Ahmedabad has been recognized as UNESCO World heritage city, first of its kind in India."

"Delighted to know that UNESCO has declared Ahmedabad as World Heritage City. Proud moment for every Indian," the BJP national president said in a tweet.

Ahmedabad was in the race for the prestigious title along with Delhi and Mumbai.

The walled city of Ahmedabad believed to be founded by Ahmed Shah some six hundred years earlier has 26 structures that are protected by the Archaeological Survey of India, hundreds of pols that capture the essence of community living and numerous sites associated with Mahatma Gandhi, who lived in Ahmedabad from 1915 to 1930.

In 1984, Ahmedabad conducted the first study for conserving the city’s heritage structures. A heritage cell was also set up by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.

The city featured in UNESCOs tentative list of world heritage cities March 31, 2011. 

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