Category: Vibrant Cities


Getting the city back to its people

A Journey of Ahmedabad becoming the first UNESCO World Heritage City of India Debashish Nayak, Founder and Director, Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University Member Sec. Heritage Conservation Committee, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation      Communities live and work in towns and cities; as society changes so does urban form, responding to accommodate change and growth. In today’s […]

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Public Spaces for Vibrant Cities: The Urban Park in Chandigarh

The UT administration and the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh recently began the ground-work to enliven the largely-deserted Sector 17 in the heart of Chandigarh city, under the umbrella of the Smart Cities Mission. Designed by the legendary Le Corbusier as a pedestrian public zone when the green-field city was originally planned 60 years ago, Sector […]

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Gujrat Government Replicate’s the ‘Heritage Mitra’ Scheme for Conserving Built Heritage

The Archeology and Museum department of Gujarat has announced that it plans to replicate the Central Governments Heritage Mitra scheme in an effort to better conserve and maintain the built heritage of the state. Under the scheme, the department will hand over the responsibility of important monuments to private entities. The original Adopt a Heritage […]

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Karnataka based travel agents eyes on election tourism

Travel agents based in Mysuru are banking on introducing a special election package to global tourists to lure in tourism at a time when Karnataka assembly elections are to roll out on May 12. Done in a bid for foreign tourists to explore as India unfolds its democratic exercise with their diversified rallies and campaigns, […]

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Punjab Tourism collaborates with NFDC on new film tourism policies

The department of Punjab Tourism is drafting a new film tourism policy in collaboration National Film Development Corporation (NFDC). Anmol Nidhi, Deputy Manager, Marketing, Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board, elaborating on the policy said once its drafted, they will be opting for a single window clearance which will enable producers to shoot their films […]

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TUDA proposes sector-wise development plan for urban areas

The Tirupati Urban Development Authority (TUDA) is drafting a comprehensive sector-wise development plan of several regions falling under its purview in order to expand the urban areas across the temple city. Giving details of the master plan and the upcoming developmental activities in Tirupati, G. Narasimha Yadav, Chairman of TUDA, highlighted that in cities like […]

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Kerala records increase in inbound & outbound travellers

Exceeding the target growth mentioned in the Kerala Tourism Policy, 2017 figures revealed an increase of 15 lakh new tourists to Kerala, doubling the growth over 2016. Gods own country reported 146,73,520 domestic arrivals last year, an increase of 11.39% as compared to the previous year. Domestic tourists mainly visited Alappuzha, Idukki, Wayanad, Thiruvananthapuram and […]

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Kerala Tourism Minister inaugurates Handicraft Heritage Tour

Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Co-Operation, Tourism and Devaswom, Government of Kerala, recently inaugurated the Handicrafts Heritage Tour which was organised by the Sargaalaya Arts and Crafts Village in Kozhikode scheduled to be held between December 21, 2017 and January 8, 2018. The Heritage Tour is being organised in the run-up to the seventh annual Sargaalaya […]

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Proposal floated to declare Ganga as UNESCO World Heritage Site

Union Culture Minister, Mahesh Sharma, put forward a proposal to declare the Ganga river as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At a private meeting, Swami Chidanand Saraswati, President of Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh and founder of Ganga Action Parivar, took the decision on the matter. Speaking about the issue, Chidanand Saraswati said, “For millennia, […]

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Taj Mahal named second best UNESCO World Heritage site

According to a survey conducted by online travel portal, TripAdvisor, Indias iconic ivory-white marble mausoleum in Agra, Taj Mahal is ranked second among the best UNESCO World Heritage sites globally. The survey lists the UNESCO Cultural and Natural heritage sites best rated by travellers around the globe. “You can find hundreds of tours and experiences […]

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