Decision : 29 COM 8B.31
Extension of Properties Inscribed on World Heritage List (Mountain Railways of India)
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Having examined Documents WHC-05/29.COM/8B, WHC-05/29.COM/8B.Add 2 and WHC-05/29.COM/INF.8B.1,
2. Approves the extension of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (India) to include Nilgiri Mountain Railway, on the basis of the cultural criteria (ii) and (iv) and renames the extended property as Mountain Railways of India;
Criterion (ii): The mountain railways of India are outstanding examples of the interchange of values on developments in technology, and the impact of innovative transportation system on the social and economic development of a multicultural region, which was to serve as a model for similar developments in many parts of the world.
Criterion (iv): The development of railways in the 19th century had a profound influence on social and economic developments in many parts of the world. The Mountain Railways of India are outstanding examples of a technological ensemble, representing different phases of the development in high mountain areas.