The first phase of the Heritage Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) is all set to take off, with the union urban development ministry sanctioning Rs 69 crore for Amritsar city.
Union finance minister Arun Jaitley had named Amritsar as part of the HRIDAY project, along with few other cities in India. The district administration will be identifying buildings and also the areas that require the facelift.
Confirming that the sanction order had been received, Amritsar deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat said, "Since the project is an important one for the city, we are on job to finalise various details and a report about the project will soon be submitted to the government."
The DC added, "Under this project, we aim at the development of the facade of the Dharam Singh Market building, the development of roundabouts (Fuwara Chowk and Ambedkar Chowk), the Jallianwala Bagh and the Sculpture front. The project also includes the overall development of the Town Hall and surrounding areas, horticulture, and landscaping, street illuminations and night illumination of buildings, street amenities, street furniture, and development of adjoining areas."
The administration had invited Expressions of Interest (EoI) and once a broad outline was ready, projects will be allotted, he claimed.
Amritsar municipal Commissioner Pardeep Sabharwal also claimed that an EoI had been the selection of firm/architect for development of roads and the facade of buildings from the Town Hall to the Golden Temple.
The DC added that a 'Heritage Park' will also be developed under this project and a couple of areas had been shortlisted where the park could be established.
MC Commissioner Sabharwal added that the project aimed at promoting the tangible and intangible heritage (including the traditional cuisines, arts and crafts) of the city, besides beautifying the areas around the Golden Temple.
He added that while the tangible part would take care of the conservation and beautification of heritage sites and buildings in the city, the intangible part would be dedicated to preserving and upholding the traditional foods as 'Papad-warian', trades as 'Punjabi jutti' as well as the arts and crafts exclusive to the city.
SOME PROJECTS TO BE COVERED
Facade of the Dharam Singh Market building.
Roundabouts (Fuwara Chowk and Ambedkar Chowk).
Overall development of the Town Hall including of horticulture, and landscaping. Street illuminations and night illumination of buildings.
A 'Heritage Park' will also be developed under this project.