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).