Even as the Amritsar municipal corporation (MC) continues to remain fund-starved for various development works, relief is on anvil with the central government launching ‘Hriday’ project in the city that aims at developing it not just as a viable heritage and tourist destination, but also focuses on its overall development.
Two teams from Hyderabad and Chandigarh converge at Amritsar on Friday to hold discussions regarding the overall development of the city with the MC authorities as well as secretary, local bodies.
Divulging details, municipal commissioner Pradeep Sabharwal said Amritsar was among the 12 cities selected by the central government for awarding of heritage city status.
He said the project would be completed by 2018. “It aims 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 said.
Sabharwal said while the tangible part would take care of the conservation and beautification of the heritage sites and buildings in the city, the intangible part would be dedicated to preserve traditional foods, handicrafts, arts and crafts exclusive to the city.
“Besides developing the roads and civic infrastructure in these areas, the project would stress on developing special streets dedicated to the promotion of traditional cuisines, arts, crafts and trades,” he added.
Sabharwal said meetings in this regard had already been held with the Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Board officials.
“Besides beautification of areas around the heritage sites, the project would be dedicated to the overall development of the civic infrastructure in the city,” he said.
He added that there was no spending limit as far as the project was concerned as it was being funded by the central government.
“A detailed project report (DPR) is being prepared and will be sent to the government. The government has also issued 4% funds for the preparation of the DPR,” Sabharwal said.