1.         Group of Monuments at Hampi (India) (C 241bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1986

Criteria  (i)(iii)(iv)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger    1999-2006

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/241/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 2001-2003)
Total amount approved: USD 92,370
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/241/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

Total amount granted: 25,000 EUR under the France-UNESCO Co-operation Agreement for expert missions (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011).

Previous monitoring missions

2000: Joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring mission; 2001: expert technical assessment mission; 2003 and 2004: World Heritage Centre and expert Advisory missions; August 2005: Joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS Advisory mission; February 2006: Joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS Advisory mission; January 2007: Joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring mission; March 2009: UNESCO New Delhi Office technical mission to the property 

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/241/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2017

On 12 December 2016, the State Party submitted a state of conservation report, which is available at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/241/documents. The report presents progress on a number of conservation issues addressed by the Committee at its previous sessions, as follows:

On 12 September 2016, the World Heritage Centre has addressed a letter to the Permanent Delegation of India to UNESCO concerning the issue of road widening in the Kamalapur tank area, an activity that may negatively impact the OUV of the property. At the time of drafting this report, the State Party had not yet provided information or comments.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM

The progress achieved by the State Party, as identified in the abovementioned state of conservation report, is welcomed, especially with regard to progress achieved with the implementation of the Integrated Management Plan and its Action Plans, the commitment to update Sectoral Plans, the strengthened protection of the property through the designation of areas of ecological importance, the Conservation Plan for the Virupaksha Bazaar, and the Circulation Plan and bypass road to divert traffic away from the property. It is also noted that the State Party made a commitment to protect the property and its buffer zone through the establishment of a special patrol.

However, the widening of a road in the Kamalapur tank area remains a source of concern, as it may have a negative impact the OUV of the property. It is therefore recommended that the World Heritage Committee urge the State Party to provide detailed information on this matter for review by the Advisory Bodies, in accordance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, before making any decision that would be difficult to reverse.

Decision Adopted: 41 COM 7B.90

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/17/41.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decision 39 COM 7B.64, adopted at its 39th session (Bonn, 2015),
  3. Welcomes the progress achieved by the State Party, especially with regard to progress with the implementation of the Action Plans of the Integrated Management Plan (IMP), the strengthened protection in newly designated areas of ecological importance, the Conservation Plan for the Virupaksha Bazaar, and the Circulation Plan and bypass road to divert traffic away from the property;
  4. Notes the State Party’s commitment to update Sectoral Plans, which underpin the IMP, and requests the State Party to provide a timetable for the completion of this work;
  5. Acknowledges the progress made with the conservation of a number of monuments, including the Virupaksha Bazaar area, the Hanuman Shrine, the Pushkarani Temple, and monuments located in the buffer zone;
  6. Notes with concern the information received on proposals for widening of a road near the Kamalapur tank area, which may have a negative impact on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, and urges the State Party, in accordance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, to provide detailed information concerning this project to the World Heritage Centre, for review by the Advisory Bodies, before making any decision that would be difficult to reverse;
  7. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2018, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above.