Union Government in the second week of January 2015 identified five areas for rejuvenating the holy city under the Kyoto-Varanasi partnership deal signed between India and Japan in August 2014.
Japan will extend its expertise to help in rejuvenating Varanasi under the Kyoto-Varanasi partnership deal.
The identified areas include
• Solid-liquid waste management
• Transport management
• Developing the Buddhist tourist circuit in and around Varanasi
• Industry-university interface
• Setting up of a convention centre on public-private partnership basis for giving a fillip to the cultural activities in the city
Earlier in 2014, Union government had sanctioned a sum of 80 crore rupees for Varanasi under the Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (Hriday).
The Varanasi-Kyoto partnership deal is a part of Sister City Cooperation that was signed between India and Japan during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s five-day visit to Japan in August 2014. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a Member of Parliament from Lok Sabha seat of Varanasi.
Varanasi and Kyoto are one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities of the world.
Varanasi on the one hand is called the cultural capital of India and is the oldest living city in the world. On the other hand, Kyoto is a place of ancient temples and shrines and practically called the cultural centre of Japan. It has been the Capital of Japan till the end of Nara Period (794 AD) after which the emperor moved to Tokyo.