Ahmedabad’s nomination was supported by several countries like Turkey, Lebanon, Cuba and Poland. “It started as a small step in 1996 when we started the heritage cell. Since then we have people dedicated to heritage management… We will now have to ensure that we perfectly maintain the 2,600 odd heritage sites in the city,” Municipal Commissioner of Ahmedabad Mukesh Kumar said.

Modhera Surya temple lights up for Uttarardh, a two day dance festival organised by government of Gujarat. (Source: Express Photo by Javed Raja. 29.01.2017)