5 Areas Identified For Varanasi-Kyoto Deal

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  • The Centre has identified five areas for the Kyoto-Varanasi partnership, based on which the Japanese will extend their expertise to help rejuvenate the holy city.
  • These include solid-liquid waste management, transport management, developing the Buddhist tourist circuit in and around Varanasi, industry-university interface and setting up of a convention centre on public-private partnership basis for giving a fillip to the cultural activities in the city.
  • Earlier, an agreement on Sister City Cooperation was signed between India and Japan during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan.
  • Varanasi is Mr. Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency.
  • The Prime Minister was impressed with the Kyoto Mayor’s comments about how Kyoto has not become Tokyo.
  • Officials from Varanasi, including the Mayor, will visit Kyoto to study the as pects of the five identified areas, which can then be adapted for implementation in Varanasi.
  • A sum of Rs. 80 crore was recently sanctioned for Varanasi under the Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (Hriday).