SAMPARC to hold heritage walk on Nov 25

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 16 November 2018

NGO pushing for inclusion of Bhaje, Karla, Bedse caves and Visapur, Lohagad forts in the heritage list

Pune: Since Maharashtra is known for its historical values as its historical monuments have remained a testament to every revolution in the State, Social Action for Manpower Creation (SAMPARC), an NGO has requested the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of India to sent proposal to The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to recognise the Bhaje, Karla and Bedse caves and Visapur and Lohagad forts in the UNESCO heritage list.

Along with it, from last two years, the NGO has been organising heritage walk with a vision of enlisting the same heritage monuments on the UNESCO heritage list and with an aim to create awareness about the conservation, cleanliness and care requirements of the monuments.
 
This year the heritage walk will take place on November 25.  

Amitkumar Banerjee, Founder of SAMPARC, said, “We have requested the Ministry of Cultural Affairs to send a proposal to the Archaeology Survey of India (ASI) and enlist the Bhaje, Karla and Bedse caves and Visapur and Lohagad forts in the UNESCO heritage list. We have also approached UNESCO Paris office and they have noted down our request. Also, an official from UNESCO Delhi office will accompany us in the heritage walk and the further dialogue with UNESCO will be done thereafter.”
In 2016, when the heritage walk started about 3,500 people participated and in 2017, around 5,500 people participated in it. 

From last year through the walk the NGO was able to raise funds worth Rs 17 lakh which were then used for the orphans and underprivileged children. 

This year they are expecting five to seven thousand people so that they can raise more funds and could be used for orphan children further.

Banerjee further said, “Along with the walk the participants will be able to taste the traditional Maharashtrian delicacies such as pitala bhakri, thecha, vada pav, corn and more. We have around 350 volunteers, an ambulance and local police officers for the safety and security of the participants.”  

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