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.
Minister of Urban Development Shri 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 Shri Rajiv Gauba, Secretary(UD) yesterday cleared Detailed Project Reports of these five cities.
An investment of Rs.13.25 cr has been approved for Varanasi for ‘Developing a Heritage Walk around Kabir Chaura and Piplani Katra at a cost of Rs.2.50 cr and developing required infrastructure at 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 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. These heritage sites include temples, residences of famous personalities, kunds, parks and palaces.