Old Cities – Rejuvenation Policy .

The government will immediately declare a total ban and complete halt to all construction within ancient cities precincts for 36 months.

  1. The government would form teams comprising a cross section of expertise and talent to look at available data, including ancient maps or building plans that may be in existence anywhere, in government vaults or private hands.
  2. The teams would physically examine minutely the city scape, the old bazaars, houses still visible here and there to inspire a rejuvenation story.
  3. The government would bring together experts and talent from across the world, including archeologists, architects and disciplines needed to rebuild and rejuvenate our ancient cities.
  4. The government would move to restore the ancient Indian bazaar environment which is both unique and a tourist experience in pedestrian only modes.
  5. It would move to restore homes and shops to the old style of outlook even while providing traditional and modern services.
  6. All surviving ancient building, whether private or public such as mandirs, masjids, churches etc. would be declared protected buildings and the government would look to work with private owners to help restoration and rejuvenation through subsidized financing models.
  7. Architects and engineers would be empaneled and made available to assist these new working models.
  8. The government would ban all vehicular traffic in the city precincts of ancient cities and convert all city streets into pedestrian streets with demarcated cycle-ways.
  9. The government would create underground parking lots all around the city’s periphery for decongesting cities and ridding them of polluting vehicles.
  10. The government would look to build underground infrastructure of roads, shopping centers, bulk storage etc. in all ancient cities, to release and demolish the surface over-build eyesores.
  11. However, there would be guidelines to stop building or digging if any archeological discovery or ruins emerge.
  12. Modern technology using modern machinery such as boring machines would be used to carry out all of these underground building activities and global firms would be invited along-with Indian firms, preferably in joint venture models.
  13. The aim of the country would be to recreate the world of how ancient India lived, with a special focus on attracting increased Indian and global tourist traffic in its old and ancient cities in expanded capacities built as part of these initiatives.
  14. The government would take steps to identify ancient local crafts or industry and help in making these come alive through arts and craft centers infrastructure to encourage the teaching of these.
  15. Production and marketing centers where artisans can produce and market their wares would be created and developed with up-graded tools and training.
  16. People living within the precincts of the ancient cities who have vehicles, which are banned from entering the city areas; till underground parking is built, will have privileged access at subsidized lower cost to the parking lots allotted in secure spaces.
  17. Local buses or electric vehicle transport would be provided such residents at subsidized “city resident” travel cards, till the underground parking is created.
  18. The ancient cities that have expanded outward over the decades would be reviewed to work out steps required to be undertaken to redevelop these so that they become better structured and present a holistic flavor of the ancient city in their areas.
  19. Infrastructure improvements are bound to be a necessity in all of these cities given the manner of the functioning of government bodies who are in charge of city development such as municipal, PWD authorities etc.
  20. Hotels, guest houses, eateries, art-craft centers would be built to expand capacity of these cities to welcome higher tourist numbers.
  21. The government would undertake generic tourism promotions and key it into the private sector establishments including training and promotion of tourist guides to fuel employment.


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