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Aurangabad Should be included in HRIDAY scheme

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HRIDAY scheme of central govt. whose aim is holistic development of heritage cities, skips the state of Maharashtra completely. Aurangabad being a historic & heritage city is also ignored.

HRIDAY scheme :
The Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, launched the National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) scheme on 21st January, 2015, with a focus on holistic development of heritage cities.The Scheme supports development of core heritage infrastructure projects which shall include revitalization of urban infrastructure for areas around heritage assets identified / approved by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and State Governments. These initiatives shall include development of water supply, sanitation, drainage, waste management, approach roads, footpaths, street lights, tourist conveniences, electricity wiring, landscaping and such citizen services.

The state cabinet meet held in Aurangabad in Oct 2016, resolved to recommend Aurangabad for the Centre's Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY). The CM said only 12 cities in the country have covered under the HRIDAY scheme so far. "We will be sending a formal proposal to the Centre shortly. With this, Aurangabad will not only have the tag of Smart City, but it will also be covered under HRIDAY," Fadnavis said.
(TOI Report)

Unfortunately, none of the cities from Maharashtra State are getting covered in this scheme. Hence, it is important that efforts be made to cover ‘Aurangabad’ city for availing ‘HRIDAY’ Scheme benefits. 

We request Hon.Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu,Minister for Urban Development, Govt.of India,Ministry of Urban Development and  Hon.Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, Govt.of Maharashtra and Divisional Commissioner, District Collector, Commissioner of Aurangabad Municipal Corporation, Mayor, Dy.Mayor, MLAs, MPs to explore the possibility of including Aurangabad city in the said scheme so that it can help to preserve and revitalize soul of the heritage city, ‘Aurangabad’ to reflect the city’s unique character by encouraging aesthetically appealing, accessible, informative & secured environment.

With efforts from state govt & local administration the city will receive funding for various development works, intern helping the revenue & employment generating tourism sector under the HRIDAY scheme. Aurangabad being a historic & heritage city, we demand to include Aurangabad in HRIDAY scheme for the Overall Growth and Development of the Region.

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