August 26, 2015 12:12:08 am
Seven out of the 12 cities identified for development of their core heritage areas submitted their concept plans to the union Ministry of Urban Development this month. These pilot projects — to be implemented immediately — have zeroed in on quintessential aspects of a city’s heritage. Basic amenities such as sanitation, water supply, drainage, waste management, approach roads and pavements, streetlights, landscaping, etc. will be improved; both tangible assets (monuments, temples, mosques, ghats, havelis, etc.) and intangible heritage (local cuisine, fairs, traditions, practices and arts, etc.) will be identified and promoted.
The Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) was unveiled in the NDA government’s first budget, and launched this January with an outlay of Rs 500 crore for developing infrastructure around core heritage areas of 12 cities — Ajmer, Amravati, Amritsar, Badami, Dwarka, Gaya, Kanchipuram, Mathura, Puri, Varanasi, Velankanni and Warangal — by March 2017.
Most of these cities are religious tourism hubs. All, barring Warangal and Badami, will get another Rs 100 crore under the Tourism Ministry’s Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spirituality Augmentation Drive (PRASAD).
PM Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi has been allotted the biggest share of funds under HRIDAY — Rs 89 crore — followed by Amritsar (Rs 69 crore), the seat Finance Minister Arun Jaitley contested unsuccessfully in the Lok Sabha election.
Varanasi, UP, Rs 89.31 cr
Project: Dasashwamedh Cultural Quarter Urban Heritage Rejuvenation; Report prepared by INTACH
> Cleaning up the congested bazaar road from Godowlia Choumani to Dasashwamedh Ghat, and riverfront from Lalita ghat to Pandey ghat. Bazaar road to have separate vehicular and pedestrian pathways, signages; facades of streetfacing heritage buildings to be restored. Signage with history of ghats on waterfront.
Ajmer, Rajasthan, Rs 40.04 cr
Project: Naya Bazaar Heritage Walk; Report by DRONAH
> Developing 2-km loop from Akbari Qila to Soniji ki Nasiyan in Naya Bazaar area, which includes forts, monuments, havelis, dargahs, temples. Route will link and promote local street delicacies such as sohan halwa, kadhi kachori, jalebi, and traditional arts and crafts such as Phad painting, miniature woodwork, gota work, ittar making.
Badami, Karnataka, Rs 22.26 cr
Project: Sullage Treatment Plant at Tattkote Village; Report by IHCN-F and ICLEI
> Rejuvenating the artificial tank Agastya Teertha by creating alternative water sources in the form of open-air wash pens for village settlements, taking care of polluting activities on the river bank such as washing and daily ablutions. A sullage treatment plant will be built.
Gaya, Bihar, Rs 40.04 cr
Project: Development of ghats and sarovars; Report by INTACH
> Cleaning up the Batarni and Brahmas sarovars, beautifying them with green stretches, building walkways and toilets, providing for streetlighting and dustbins.
Warangal, Telangana, Rs 40.54 cr
Project: Bhadrakali Lake Foreshore Development; Report by INTACH
> Creating a contiguous and accessible waterfront, which will include landscaped promenades, walking trails, parks and gardens. Lake and surrounding hillocks will be developed as a 15-acre Geo-Biodiversity and Cultural Park.
Velankanni, Tamil Nadu, Rs 22. 26 cr
Project: Support Infrastructure; Report by Darashaw & Company Pvt Ltd
> Constructing paved pathways along the 16th century churches and beach; installation of LED streetlights and signages.
Amritsar, Punjab, Rs 69.31 cr
Project: Rejuvenation of Rambagh Garden through Rambagh Gate; Report by CRCI
> Erecting a boundary wall around the core historical precinct; conservation of the garden and the gate; creating facilities for vehicular parking, tourist amenities and an information centre.
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
- The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.