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 provided to the property: Funding under the France-UNESCO Convention for expert missions (2003, 2005 and 2006) for an amount of 14,000 Euros. 

Previous monitoring missions

2000: World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission; 2001: expert technical assessment mission; 2003 and 2004: World Heritage Centre and experts advisory missions; August 2005: World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS advisory mission; January 2007: World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS mission.

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

a) Design and location of transport infrastructure near inscribed monuments;

b) Lack of coordination and resource support for site management;

c) Lack of building and land-use regulations;

d) Tourism development pressures;

e) Lack of traffic regulations limiting heavy duty vehicular traffic;

f) Pressure from illegal constructions. 

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

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2008

The State Party submitted a report to the World Heritage Centre on 1 February 2008, which provides the following information:

 

a) The integrated management plan (IMP) has not yet been approved;.

b) Progress has been made on staffing; however, additional staffing is still needed to fully implement the IMP. A request has been submitted to the relevant authority, but has not yet been approved;

c) An alternative location for a new Interpretation Centre at Kamalapuram has been chosen, and the process of selecting an architect has begun. The existing site is proposed as a temporary parking lot until a transportation study is completed;

d) The Master Plan developed by the Hampi World Heritage Area Management Authority (HWHAMA) was finalized in November 2007 and was sent in January 2008 to the Government of Karnataka for final adoption;

e) A task force has been constituted by the HWHAMA to monitor unauthorized and illegal construction activities. Partial demolition of “illegal commercial establishments in Hampi” has been undertaken, and a comprehensive security plan has been finalized;

f) The Government of Karnataka prepared traffic regulations for banning of heavy goods vehicles and heavy passenger motor vehicles near Hampi World Heritage Area at the roads connecting Hampi to Anegundi and these were published in March 2007. These have not been submitted to the World Heritage Centre;

g) The Public Works Department, Government of Karnataka, has been given guidelines by the HWHAMA to reduce the width of the bridge, to ensure the bridge finishes are compatible with their surroundings, and for the installation of traffic barriers;

h) The process of developing a Statement of Significance to be appended to the IMP is on-going. A Statement of outstanding universal value will be developed in due course;

i) Information was provided on the boundaries of the property and its buffer zones, which do not correspond to the information already held by the World Heritage Centre.

 

The World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies consider that the current responses to the long term management questions raised at the 30th session of the World Heritage Committee (Vilnius, 2006) do not fully address all of the concerns, in particular:

a) modifying the design and dimensions of the Anegundi Bridge and putting in place traffic regulations for heavy vehicles;

b) approval and implementation of the IMP based on a revised Statement of outstanding universal value;

c) clarification of the boundaries of the property and its buffer zones;

d) limited human and financial resources to allow the implementation of the IMP.

 

The World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies also consider it important to ensure that the implementation of the IMP by the HWHAMA is fully integrated into the State and National Planning framework, particularly for tourism and urban development. 

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

N/A

Decision Adopted: 32 COM 7B.70

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-08/32.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 31 COM 7B.81, adopted at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007),

3. Notes the continuing efforts made by the Hampi World Heritage Area Management Authority (HWHAMA) to improve the management of the property;

4. Notes with concern that the requests by the World Heritage Committee at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007) to implement the recommendations of the January 2007 mission have not yet been fully addressed;

5. Urges the State Party to:

a) modify the design and dimensions of the Anegundi Bridge and put in place traffic regulations for heavy vehicles;

b) approve and implement the integrated management plan (IMP) based on a revised Statement of Outstanding Universal Value including the conditions of integrity and authenticity;

c) clarify the boundaries of the property and its buffer zones;

d) ensure adequate human and financial resources to allow the implementation of the Integrated Management Plan;

6. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, as soon as possible, the modified design of the bridge; the new traffic regulations for heavy vehicles; the final approved version of the IMP in three copies; the location of the interpretation centre; clarifications on the boundaries and buffer zones and the draft Statement of Outstanding Universal Value, including the conditions of integrity and authenticity, by 1 February 2009, for review by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies and for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd Session;

7. Also urges the State Party to ensure that the implementation of the IMP by the HWHAMA is fully integrated into the State and National Planning framework, particularly for tourism and urban development;

8. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2010 a progress report on the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 34th session in 2010.