WARANGAL: Just imagine visiting a cleaner, well-lit temple or a heritage site having properly laid-out roads and neat surroundings without hawkers blocking your way. In what could gladden the people of Warangal, the city has been included in the Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (Hriday) by the Narendra Modi government with a view to conserving and preserving its heritage along with 11 other cities. An amount of Rs 500 cr has been earmarked for Hriday.
The government would launch the flagship scheme in the next couple of months to refurbish heritage cities like Mathura, Varanasi, Amritsar, Gaya, Kanchipuram, Ajmer, Vellankani, besides Warangal. Speaking to Express over phone, Warangal Municipal Corporation Commissioner G Suvarna Panda Das said the Centre is likely to allocate Rs 60 crore for the city under Hriday, adding that they have prepared a report on heritage and monument structures in the city and surrounding villages.
He said the Centre would give preference to those cities that maintain cleaner environs. “Thousand-pillar temple, Warangal Fort, Bhadrakali temple and other structures may get funds under Hriday,” he said. Guidelines and other parameters for providing the funds to the cities that were selected by the government will be prepared at a workshop to be held in New Delhi on Saturday, the Commissioner said.