The government has approved the action plans under the Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) for eight cities for an estimated consideration of Rs 450 crore.
According to a release issued by the Urban Development Ministry, the HRIDAY National Empowered Committee chaired by Madhusudhana Prasad, secretary (Urban Development) approved the action plans for Varanasi, Mathura (Uttar Pradesh), Ajmer (Rajasthan), Dwaraka (Gujarat), Badami (Karnataka), Warangal (Telangana), Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) and Vellankanni (Tamil Nadu) after detailed presentations by officials of respective cities and state governments.
The approved action plans seek to conserve and develop core heritage assets of respective cities besides improving sanitation through solid waste management, easy access through signages and better mobility, interpretation centres, landscaping, and provision of green spaces.
These eight cities are sub-divided into different zones for taking up different infrastructure development projects for enhancing the appeal of mission cities which are centres of rich cultural heritage.
Heritage development in Varanasi will be taken up at a cost of Rs 130 crore by undertaking different projects in four zones of the city, out of which Rs 89.31 crore is alloacted under HRIDAY.
Mathura has been divided into six different zone and infrastructure development will be taken up at a cost of Rs 41.37 crore. Rs 60.98 crore will be spent on development of five zones in Ajmer and Pushkar, including development works at Brahma Temple a cultural park.
Badami in Karnataka will getr a facelift treatment at a cost of Rs 61.86 crore, this included a contribution of Rs 10 crore by the Archeological Survey of India and Bagalkot district administration. The state government will be spending Rs 8 crore on improvement of arterial roads.
Dwaraka in Gujarat will witness landscape development, footpaths and provision of other amenities at an esitmated cost of Rs 19.56 crore. The Church town of Vailankanni in Tamil Nadu will get a make over of Rs 42.26 crore, which includes cost for a cultural park and relocation of a new bus stand.
Warangal in Telangana has been allocated Rs. 72.97 crore for various infrastructure facilities, which includes Rs 40.54 crore under HRIDAY. Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh has been alloted Rs. 20.33 crore under HRIDAY.