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Mathura-Vrindavan Closer To Getting Heritage City Tag

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Mathura, 2014.10.11 (VT): The Central Government has begun to work on the initiative of making Mathura a heritage city. The Modi government has sought complete data on what needs to be done for developing Mathura in that direction. A report has to be sent to the government within a week, describing the culture, archaeology and urban development.

Senior officials from the Union Urban Development Ministry interacted with the District Magistrate of Mathura and the Vice Chairman of the Mathura-Vrindavan Development Authority by video conferencing, and sought the report on heritage city within a week.

They wanted to know on what basis Mathura can be qualified as a heritage city. They wanted a list of ancient historical heritage buildings and a full description of its cultural heritage. They are also seeking suggestions from the Mathura District Administration on how to conserve these heritage buildings and culture.

The Union Government announced the Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) for seven cities of the country in its yearly budget. Mathura was also selected to be part of this plan along with Amritsar, Ajmer, Gaya, Kanchipuram, Varanasi, Vailenkani.

The joint secretary of the Urban Development Ministry held video conferences with the District Magistrates of all these seven cities. B. Chandrakala, the District Magistrate of Mathura and Nagendra Pratap, Vice-chairman of the Mathura-Vrindavan Development Authority participated in the video conferencing from Mathura.

After the video conferencing the District magistrate has instructed all the officials of the various departments to be present in a meeting to discuss the heritage tag for Mathura. She asked them to come in the meeting with the suggestions on the link road between the heritage buildings, their conversation and their present condition.

Rs 200 Cr has been set aside by the Union government to conserve and preserve heritage in the above-mentioned cities by way of a joint program between government, academic institutions and local communities. The government’s stated goal is to increase global tourism.

“India’s rich cultural, historical, religious and natural heritage provides a huge potential for the development of tourism and job creation as an industry,” the Finance Minister said in his speech announcing the plan back in July.

The travel and tourism sector in India has seen a 40 percent jump in employment in June 2014 compared to the same period last year. In 2013, the travel and tourism sector in India generated 35 million jobs.

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