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Varanasi, Dwarka, Warangal, Amritsar, Puri get Rs 114 cr for heritage projects

Rs 114 cr worth HRIDAY projects approved

DELHI: The ministry of urban development has approved projects worth Rs.114 cr under Heritage Infrastructure Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) for improving infrastructure facilities around core heritage sites in five cities of Varnasi, Amritsar, Dwaraka, Puri and Warangal.

HRIDAY is a Central Government scheme. It has an assistance Budget of Rs.500 cr till March,2017. Twelve cities have been included in this mission. Other cities being Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh), Badami (Karnataka), Kanchipuram and Vellankini (Tamil Naidu), Ajmer (Rajasthan), Mathura (UP) and Gaya (Bihar).

City Hriday Plans of all the 12 Mission cities have been approved. Detailed project reports based on these plans costing over Rs.350 cr have been sanctioned for implementation so far. Remaining will soon be cleared said the ministry in a press release.

Varanasi to get a Heritage Walk around Kabir Chaura and Piplani Katra  
Amritsar to get environment park and public plaza; Ranjit Singh Panorama to be developed
Puri’s historical jagagharas to be revived; Temple Parikrama Marg to get a facelift
Dwarka Dwarakadheesh Temple Square , main processional street in Dwaraka to be improved
Warangal Fort Warangal to be revived and developed

Minister for urban development M.Venkaiah Naidu has directed the officials of the ministry and concerned State Governments to ensure implementation of approved projects by March next year. An inter-ministerial HRIDAY National Empowered Committee chaired by Rajiv Gauba, Secretary(UD) yesterday cleared detailed project reports for these five cities.


An investment of Rs.13.25 cr has been approved for Varanasi. Of these, a Heritage Walk around Kabir Chaura and Piplani Katra will cost Rs.2.50 cr with the rest allocated for 86 historical sites scattered across the city. Kabir Chaura is known as the home of renowned musicians like Kishan Maharaj, Gop Krishan, Samta Prasad and Rajan and Sajan Mishra brothers.

Access roads and gallis leading to 86 heritage sites in the city will also be improved at a cost of Rs.10.75 cr. Façade improvement, provision of on route amenities and signages, site development etc., will be undertaken said the minsitry. These heritage sites include temples, residences of famous personalities, kunds, parks and palaces.


For Amritsar, nine heritage infrastructure related projects have been approved for implementation with a total investment of Rs. 57 cr. These include comprehensive road development and upgradation of 21 major roads leading to the Golden Temple to address congestion at a cost of Rs.21 cr.

Among other projects will be improvements at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama with Rs 50 lakhs, revitalization of historical 40 ‘Khoo’ (Wells) by providing necessary infrastructure at a cost of Rs.5 cr, improving connectivity, street and landscape at Gol Bagh with Rs.5 cr, providing a mobility corridor along outer and inner circular roads at  a cost of Rs.5 cr, providing interpretative signages with censors with Rs. 5.35 cr, refitting and upgradation of colonial era building i.e Deputy Commissioner’s Office that was damaged in a fire at a cost of Rs.2 cr, development of an Environmental Park at UBDC canal with Rs. 1 cr and development of public plaza along southern edge of Rambagh Garden with Rs 1 cr.


Five projects with an investment of about Rs.17.00 cr will be undertaken for revitalization of different heritage zones. These include, landscape development of Shri Jagannath Ballabh Temple at a cost of about Rs. 9 cr, retrofitting of building facades along Parikrama Marg of the temple with Rs. 3 cr, improvements at Bada Odiya Matha and Ganga Mata Matha at a cost of Rs.2 cr, landscape development along the River Front of Athanarla with Rs.2 cr and revival of seven Jagagharas and Ponds at a cost of over Rs.1 cr. There are 60 Jagagharas and Akharas in Puri which are over 400 year old and were centres of learning music and martial arts.


The Fort of Warangal in Telangana State will be revived and developed with necessary interventions with  Rs.15.30 cr under HRIDAY.  Access routes, pathways and entry points will be developed at a cost of Rs.4.17 cr, revival of water bodies and setting up of a sewage treatment plant would be undertaken at a cost of Rs.10 cr, public amenities at North Gate and Srungarapu Bavi (well) with Rs.2.15 cr, landscaping along access routes with Rs 80 lakh and illumination of North Gate, access routes and other areas at a cost of Rs.60 lakh.


In Dwaraka, Gujarat, Dwarakadhish Temple Square will be developed at a cost of Rs.2.75 cr by providing pedestrian pathway, surface improvement of roads, adding green elements, street furniture, lighting, signages, dustbins, space for vendors etc. The main Processional Street (Darshan Path) will be improve with Rs.7.25 cr by providing parking spaces, pedestrian pathway, public amenities block, repairing o0f Iskcon gate, lighting and signages etc.

Musafir Namah Bureau



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