Ahmedabad: In a bid to promote heritage
based-tourism here, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC)
has finalised the ambitious project to renovate and beautify
the 600-year-old Bhadra fort and its adjoining areas in heart
of the city.
AMC which has already bid for the UNESCO world heritage
status for the city, last week signed a memorandum with the
Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to restore the splendour
of Bhadra Fort built by the founder of the city, Ahmed Shah,
in 1411 AD.
The project aims to beautify the half a kilometre stretch
from the fort where Sultan Ahmed Shah used to hold his royal
court to the Teen Darwaja in the next two years.
The area between Bhadra Fort and Teen Darwaja will be
an exclusive pedestrian zone with a specially designed walkway
besides various landscape and design elements like fountains,
lighting, swanky street furniture, signage and public
amenities will built to beautify the Bhadra Plaza.
"The entire project aims to boost the heritage tourism in
the city, which is home to many famous monuments of the Mughal
era," Municipal Commissioner, Guruprasad Mohapatra said.
The project is being implemented under the Jawaharlal
Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), and has been
designed by the CEPT University here, he said, adding that Rs
74.39 crore have already been approved for it.