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Puri included in heritage city list, gets initial allotment of Rs 22.54Cr

Bhubaneswar, January 21: Lord Jagannath’s abode Puri has been included in the National Heritage Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) and will get special grants for developmental works. Initially Rs 22.54 crore has been allocated for pilgrim city Puri under the scheme.

The new scheme which was jointly launched by Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Tourism and Culture Minister Dr Mahesh Sharma seeks to promote an integrated, inclusive and sustainable development of heritage sites, focusing not just on maintenance of monuments but on advancement of the entire ecosystem including its citizens, tourists and local businesses.

While as per UNESCO resignation there are 32 natural and cultural heritage sites, the Government has included 12 cities in HRIDAY scheme at present.

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu for the inclusion and said its natural for Odia’s to feel honoured as this has been done in the Nakalabara year of Lords. 

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