Heritage Hotels to come up in state capital Lucknow with balls set rolling

Lucknow: To promote tourism in the capital of UP, Lucknow, preparations are being made to convert five historical buildings of the city into heritage hotels.

For this, a proposal has been sent to the government, which has also been approved. It is believed that by giving hotel look to these buildings, not only tourism will get a boost but also the income of the tourism department will increase. Officials believe that in Rajasthan, there has been a big benefit of converting all the historical buildings into hotels in this way. Increasingly tourists are getting attracted towards them.

At present, preparations are on to convert Chhatar Manzil, Roshan-Uddaula Kothi, Kothi Gulistane-Iram, Kothi Darshan Vilas and Farhad Baksh into heritage hotels in Lucknow.

A proposal has been sent to the government to convert these five historical buildings into heritage hotels on PPP model. After the approval of the proposal in the government, the tourism department has pasted the notice to develop heritage hotel here, putting them in unprotected category.

According to Dr. Renu Dwivedi, Director of the State Archeology Department, soon these buildings will be de-notified and the obstacles coming in the way of their becoming heritage hotels will be removed. Objection to the proposal has been invited.

If any person has objection in case of these buildings being unprotected, he can lodge an objection with the department. It was said that  only those objections will be considered which will come within one month of the cancellation of this notification.

It was said that this model of converting buildings into hotels in other states has helped a lot in preserving heritage and made them self-sufficient. It will also help in saving these monuments from dilapidation. Converting these historical buildings for commercial use will go a long way in their conservation. The State ASI will ensure that the renovation and reconstruction of the building is done without affecting the heritage.

Anand Kumar, Special Secretary, Culture Department, said that a proposal has been sent to the government to convert these five historical buildings into heritage hotels under the PPP model. At the same time, Mukesh Meshram, Principal Secretary, Tourism and Culture Department, said that on the lines of other states, converting these buildings into heritage hotels would help in their conservation. Also, it will help in increasing the number of tourists in the state capital.

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