AMC to give Rs 33-crore facelift to city’s top 10 tourist attractions

The Sidi Sayed ni Jaali, Sarkhej Roza and Gandhi Ashram are among the 10 spots that the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has decided to develop to attract more tourists to the city.

The municipal standing committee passed this proposal on Friday, even as the pitch is getting higher for Ahmedabad to get the status of a world heritage city by UNESCO. A series of events are on in the city since World Heritage Day on April 18, to highlight Ahmedaba'd living and ancient heritage.

The Sidi Sayed Mosque, which has the famous stone lattice work on its semi-circular windows, stands in the centre of the city at Lal Darwaja. One of the lattice windows depicting the tree of life is also the emblem of the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad.

The other sites are Jhulta Minar — the swaying twin towers of the Sidi Bashir mosque in Gomtipur — an architectural wonder, Kochrab Ashram, Bhadra Fort, Hutheesing ni Vadi, Sardar Smarak, Lal Darwaza and Kankaria lake.

The project is estimated to cost Rs 33 crore, of which Rs 10 crore have already been sanctioned under the tourism head.

The project will involve beautification, landscaping and public utility development of these destinations added with souvenir shops and lighting.

"A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed with the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University to execute the project," said standing committee chairman Bhupendra Patel. The project will be undertaken in collaboration with the state Tourism Department.

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