Heritage tourism has emerged as a major contributor to the tourism industry in the past few years employing millions of people directly and indirectly. Right now, tourism accounts for about 15% of the economy of Rajasthan and contributes about 11.2 per cent and 3.3 per cent share in India's foreign and domestic tourist arrivals respectively. Heritage sites are an attraction for not just domestic tourists but also gain attention from the international tourists especially with the attribution of labels such as UNESCO world heritage.
For about 20 years, those attempting the conservation of monuments in India have struggled with one big problem: traffic. From Madurai to Pune, from Ahmedabad to Srinagar, the solutions are being fought over with varying results.
We condemn the inhuman and illegal eviction and demolition at Hampi Bazaar: Hampi has been more than just a collection of ruins scattered in a magnificent landscape. It is part of the historical and ancient city of Vijayanagara, which has survived as a living site. Here visitors experience the dynamism and colour of a vibrant bazaar. Today the Hampi Bazaar is facing a crisis, with it having been illegally demolished. Eviction notices were issued a few hours before the demolition, giving no time and opportunity for people to respond and react to the notices. Neither alternate housing nor clear guidelines for conducting business were issued prior to the eviction. The fallout of this demolition has been that many families, some with small children and some with aged people have been pushed on to the streets, do not have a place to live, and livelihoods have been affected.