New Delhi: The Ministry of Urban Development has approved projects worth over Rs 12 crore for improving the tourist infrastructure in heritage places of Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh and Warangal in Telangana. An inter-ministerial HRIDAY National Empowered Committee approved the development of a heritage park in Amaravati besides developmental works at the Thousand Pillar Temple and Kazipet Dargah and rejuvenation of pond at Padmakshi Temple in Warangal.
The heritage park will be developed in Amaravati over an area of 3.50 acres opposite the Dhyan Buddha statue at a total cost of Rs 7.36 crore. This park will have an exhibition complex with 4 halls to be developed at a cost of Rs 92 lakhs, 22 statues at a cost of Rs 2 crore, over 20 shops at a cost of over Rs 1 crore, 4 food courts at a cost of Rs 95 lakh, parking area at a cost of Rs 60 lakh, pathways at a cost of Rs 44 lakh and landscaping will be done at a cost of Rs 76 lakh. Other facilities to be provided include seating benches, pergolas etc.
Exhibition halls and shops will be used to promote to local art and handicrafts and other products.
An expenditure of Rs 4.85 crore has been approved for Warangal to undertake developmental works at the Thousand Pillar Temple at a cost of Rs 94 lakh, at Kazipet Dargah at a cost of Rs 1.78 crore and rejuvenation of pond at Padmakshi Temple with an investment of Rs 2.13 crore.
At the Thousand Pillar Temple, illumination works will be taken up at a cost of Rs 28 lakh, development of parking area at a cost of Rs 27 lakh, e-toilets at a cost of Rs 16 lakh, landscaping at a cost of Rs 9 lakh. Other facilities to be provided are-seating spaces, information signages, solar lightings, dustbins.
Keeping in view the tradition of cooking food at the Kazipet dargah, a dormitory will be developed at a cost of Rs 60 lakh and a kitchen at a cost of Rs 22 lakh. Other facilities to be provided are parking, pavements, illumination and toilets.
For rejuvenation of pond at the Padmakshi Temple, civil works including approach road will be taken up at a cost of Rs 1 crore. Toilets, illumination, landscaping, pavement and parking facilities seating spaces, information signages and dustbins will be included in the rejuvenation of the temple pond.
Amaravati and Warangal are among the 12 cities included in the Heritage Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) for improving the social, cultural and economic ecosystems by augmenting necessary infrastructure with the objective of conserving the rich cultural heritage and enabling better facilities for tourists and pilgrims. More projects will be approved for Amaravati and Warangal in the near future.
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