Heritage Village a feather to Karnataka's cap

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Mysore, Jun 8 (UNI) The city of palaces has many attractions to its credit and another feather to its cap would be added with proposed heritage village, to be taken up under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission(JNNURM), on 35.90 acres of open space belonging to Mysore Urban Development Authority(MUDA).

The proposed village which highlights the cultural heritage of old Mysore while blending with modern amenities would come up in between Lalitha Mahal Palace and Kempu Cheluvajamani (KC) layout.

The district administration sources told UNI that the heritage village was designed not just for tourist attraction but also as a centre for tradtional art of Mysore and a large green space. It was conceived as an integrated campus that addresses the need for heritage promotion, tourism development and recreational space for the Mysore region by planners of the dream project.

This heritage village was similar to the one in Pragpura in Kangara valley, Himachal Pradesh. A similar old city recreation called Siam Niramit has become a big hit among tourists in Thailand.

The village hoped to take tourists and Mysoreans alike on a nostalgic trip down the old streets of Mysore. It hoped to recreate an old Mysore which was filled with art, culture, incense and simplicity.

The MUDA appointed Infrastructure Development Corporation (Karnataka) Ltd, (IDECK) for assisting it in preparation of the Detailed Project Report (DPR), was a joint venture between the Government of Karnataka and the Infrastrcture Development Finance Company Ltd. It was one of the consultants empanelled by the Ministry of Urban Development of India for preparation of DPRS for JNNURM.

IDECK in turn appointed Integrated Design (INDE), which had been involved in providing professional design consultancy services in the field of enviromental design, regional planning and landscape architecture since 1993.

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