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Smart Heritage and Tourism Precinct

Smart Heritage and Tourism Precinct

There are 11 projects planned under SHT. These are covering all major heritage structures in ABD area, which needed immediate attention. Redevelopment of Govind Dev Ji temple, Talkatora lake as well as Ram Niwas Bagh, was also considered due to highest number of footfall from the residents of Jaipur as well as tourists coming to visit Jaipur. Eco friendly cool corridor, night market, heritage walks are planned in this area to offer the residents as well as tourists, a world class experience while they move around these places.

Projects under Smart Heritage and Tourism Precinct

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Rajasthan school of Arts was originally the residence of Pandit Shivdeen, a minister of erstwhile Jaipur State during the reign of Sawai Raja Ram Singh II from 1825 to 1830. It opened in 1857 as Madarsa-e-Hunarior the Institute of arts under the patronage of Sawai Raja Ram Singh II. It is the oldest institution in the state to promote art and culture and is one of the pioneers in the tourist craft industry of Jaipur. The name changed to Maharaja School of Arts and Crafts in 1886. It was succeeded by Rajasthan School of Arts, which was set up in the building in 1988, which was functional in this building till 2016.

The building is located in Kishan Pole Bazar, in the walled city area of Jaipur and is approximately 100 meters from AjmeriGate. It has roughly around 64 big and small rooms with 2 large halls and is 4 storied on the corners. The total carpet area is approximately 10,000 sq. meters.

Jaipur Smart CityLimited has taken up this project so that the heritage building can in restored in all the aspects using the techniques which were implied in making the building. The restoration work has been done using the traditional material. These include things like lime plaster(mixture of lime putty, coarse sand, Surkhi with admixtures like Gur, Methi and Gugal),Kara, Khameera (a mixture of yellow sand called ramrajj and yellow stone gum called pevar with kesulaflowers), lime dhar(lime mortar reinforced with jute fibres) etc.

The work was completed by September 2017 and it was handed over to Amber Development Authority for adaptive reuse of this building as a museum. The building was opened for public on 9th December 2017 as “Museum of Legacies”. The aim of opening an indigenous art museum is to exclusively display rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan, with a diverse collection that includes everything from textile, jewelry, stoneware and inlay work, painting, pottery and other art forms. Apart from this indigenous art from different parts of India would also be exhibited. For future there are plans to have art workshops, special summer programs for students, live performances and cultural events. This has been developed as a very inclusive space to cater to locals and tourist alike.

At presents “Museum of Legacies” has opened with 5 primary galleries. Each has been allotted to an individual who has been instrumental in the art and culture scene of India.

  • Brij Bhasin collection of everyday embroideries show the stunning array of textiles that are found across the state of Rajasthan.
  • Mitch Crites displays semi-precious stone and marble works that have been created in his work and paintings that have been lovingly collected by him and his wife, Nilou, during their stay in India.
  • Sudhir Kasliwal space presents a visual journey of the history of jewelry making in Rajasthan.
  • Pooja Singhal is sharing with the museum her incredible collection of Pichvai paintings that not only highlight their beauty but also the diversity within the form.
  • Ojas Art brings a vibrant collection of indigenous paintings made by some highly skilled Bhil artists.

Apart from these galleries, there is a space dedicated to two larger than life puppets, made by a well-known puppeteer Vicky Bhatt, that represent the much-loved traditional art form of Rajasthani puppetry.

The museum hopes to be a microcosm of the best of Indian artistic practice.

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The walled city of Jaipur is known for its pink color and many tourists visit Jaipur to witness the traditional pink color of Jaipur. The façade improvement work is planned by Jaipur smart city Limited to restore this façade which is the peculiar identity of Jaipur. Strict facade controls were followed to give asymmetry as well a visual delight to people visiting Jaipur, however, over time additions have caused visual clutter. Facade improvement work is planned to rejuvenate the city with its heritage look.

The major work planned in this project is restoring the façade which has gone haywire due to a lot of unplanned development in the walled city area. The main work which is being done in the façade improvement is scrapping, repairing of doors and windows, stucco painting around door and windows, araish work etc. These are age-old techniques which were used while the Jaipur city was laid down. This will also help to understand the techniques used in yesteryears.

The restoration work has been done using the traditional material. These include things like lime plaster (mixture of lime putty, coarse sand, surkhi with admixtures like Gur, Methi and Gugal), Kara, Khameera (a mixture of yellow sand called ramrajj and red stone gum called pevar with kesula flowers), lime dhar (lime mortar reinforced with jute fibers) etc.

The façade development work is planned for 9 bazars presently which are lining the main streets. The Bazar which are chosen have very high visibility for all the tourist coming to Jaipur. 9 important bazars will get facade makeover are Kishanpole Bazar, Gangori Bazar, Chandpole Bazar, Sireh Deodhi Bazar, Ramganj Bazar, Ghat Gate Bazar, Chowkri Modi Khana, Subhash Chowk and Suraj Pole Bazar.

Work in progress in 9 Bazars is as follows Kishanpole Bazar (95%), Chandpole Bazar (40%), Gangori Bazar (75%) and Sirieh Deodhi Bazar (25%), Subhash Chowk (20%), Ramganj (10%), Ghat Gate Bazar (10%), Suraj Pol Bazar (10%), Chokri Modi Khana (0%).

The plan is to maximize all efforts which got started on 13th October 2016 and complete it by October 2018. The cost of the project is Rs.14.62 Cr. After the completion, it will give a totally new look to the walled city area of Jaipur.

Adaptive reuse of heritage buildings will help revitalize derelict buildings and put these abandoned structures to use. This will also help in architectural conservation and improve the urban design of the area. These are the buildings which are visited by tourists and locals, rehabilitation would create enthusiasm amongst visitors coming to these places as they would like to spend more time in these beautiful structures. Looking to the location of these structures, special provisions will be made which are in sync with their reuse.

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Night market Project of Jaipur Smart City Limited is a unique concept for Jaipur. Presently all the walled city bazaars get closed by 8 - 8.30 p.m. except for the food joints which operate till midnight. This concept is very well accepted in most of the countries which have tourist inflow. As Jaipur is in the golden triangle most of the foreign tourists come to Jaipur. It is also very close by to Delhi and is very well connected with all sort of transport, it makes a great destination for anybody who is landing in Delhi. On weekends it is also a very good destination for one, who wants to enjoy a car drive. A lot of Indian tourists especially from the north come to Jaipur for a short trip on weekends. As most of the site seeing destinations are closed by 5 p.m. tourists have a lot of time which can be utilized for recreational activities at a commonplace.

This project will create extra recreational space for all sorts of tourists till 12 at night. Night Bazar is being planned in Chaura Rasta presently on a weekly basis to begin with. From the New gate, the Bazar would spread out for 300 meters. Theme based, specialty mobile shops would serve delicacies of various themes. The theme would change in accordance with the season and festivity coming around. The products displayed would also be theme based on traditional jewelry, ethnic arts, and crafts, Jaipur special handmade work in paper and cloth, to name a few. Live performances would add value for the people coming to the Night Bazar. As Rajasthan is a culturally rich state this would help tourist to enjoy various art forms at one place. Engagement activities are also being planned for all children and people from all walks of life.

The Night Bazar would also have a Night Haat on the entry of New Gate which would be an altogether different experience, as the allotment of shops would be on the basis on special offerings which can attract tourist coming there. This is also planned to open in the evenings but would serve for all 7 days in a week.

Jaipur Smart City Limited is gearing up fast so that Jaipur can witness an altogether different experience at the earliest. The management of the same would be handled by an experienced event company which can offer a world-class experience in the pink city. Companies who have experience and expertise can come at JSCL office for a better understanding of the concept of Night bazar.

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Ram Niwas Bagh was chosen for improvement, as it is the biggest open space adjoining ABD area. It also has the Albert Hall Museum in its premises which is one of its kinds in the city. The location has lots of greenery which attracts the residents of Jaipur and presence of museum attracts lots of national and international tourists. The green lawns surrounding the museum are resting place for many.

This project is taken up by Jaipur Smart City Limited in convergence with Jaipur Development Authority. The project was started on 15 April 2015 and was successfully completed with a year on 14 April 2016. The restoration work of ponds, chattris and other things like the walkway in front of the museum etc. has increased space for the movement of people walking in that area.

The project cost was 12.82 Cr. and expenditure incurred was 12.82 Cr. which was as per the project cost exactly.

The improvement of Ram Niwas Bagh has uplifted the total place and would be cherished by all coming to Jaipur.

This is a place which has very high devotional value for people who are residing in Jaipur. As it is in the same premise which has City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Jaleb Chowk which are very high tourist attractions. Every Indian tourist has to visit Govind Dev Ji temple after seeing Jantar Mantar and City Palace. Huge lawns behind the temple are great attractions for people visiting the temple and are also connecting walkway to Talkatora lake which is also planned for a makeover.

As Govind Dev Ji temple is part of the Krishna circuit it will provide great value for people who would do Krishna circuit walking around the area. This project is being done in convergence with Department of Tourism. The idea behind this project is to conserve the rich heritage of Jaipur so that it can be cherished by future generations. The facelift of the temple would definitely add to the sentiments which lord Govind Dev Ji have in the heart of residents of Jaipur.

The cost of the project is Rs.14.40 Cr and the work is in the process from 11 September 2017 and is likely to be over with 2 years.

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Jaipur Smart City Limited has recently included in its folds, work towards conservation, restoration and revival of historic water structures of Jaipur, including the city’s stepwells. These historic water structures held significant importance amongst the communities of drought-prone areas of Rajasthan. Called baori, kund, jhalara, johad and others, in the local dialect, their architectural manifestations are diverse.

Dotted across Jaipur, these historic water structures are important markers in the history and evolution of the city and its life and times. Recognizing their values- ranging from their historical and associational, to ecological, architectural, sacred and spiritual- the opportunities and potential of engagement are far-reaching. The aim is to build a repertoire of opportunities and models of sustainable management and maintenance of these historically important cultural assets.

One leg of this project is currently underway through convergence with the Jaipur Municipal Corporation. 14 of the 49 historic water structures are currently being conserved through this convergence for a cost of approximately INR 4 crores. 80% of this work is complete on site.

Work on the remaining historic water structures is envisioned to include not only heritage conservation but also watershed management / ecological restoration, rainwater harvesting, cultural revival & tourism development, adaptive re-use and heritage anchored infrastructure development responsive to the vision in the Smart City Proposal document for Jaipur.

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It is a major project undertaken by Jaipur Smart City Limited. Talkatora lake is a significant man-made water body, in the walled city area (ABD area) situated on the most important urban axis of the city. Historically the lake was an important component of water catchment systems and landscape design of the city. It has also been used for festival activities. But presently the lake is in a poor condition after the natural water networks feeding it has been ruptured due to unchecked building activities and unimaginative development around the precinct.

Located along the proposed smart Krishna circuit, the lake can become a potential tourist spot and public place for the residents where water recreational activities with a musical fountain, light and sound show, boating facilities and cultural activities can imbue a unique combination to create an attractive place.

The core objective of the project is:

  • To improve the overall physical environment.
  • To revive the connection between lake as a source of water and water landscape systems in the nearby gardens like Jai Niwas Bagh and Pondrick Park which was historically a unique feature.
  • To make popular tourist spot showcasing cultural heritage of Jaipur.
  • To create a public open space in a lake ambiance that is culturally and socially active for various age groups.

The major works which are proposed to revive this lake are as follows:

  • Cleaning and de-silting of the lake and related necessary measures.
  • Civil, architectural, soft/hard landscaping including horticulture and signage work for entrance plaza area, causeway proposed around the lake, octagonal islands inside the lake and other ancillary work.
  • Ambiance lighting and musical fountain.

Talkatora lake redevelopment project of Jaipur smart City Limited is part of the proposed sacred parikrama of Shri Krishna circuit floated by taking clues from Government of India’s Swadesh Darshan scheme for rediscovering one’s own country. While keeping Govind Dev Ji temple as the focus, the route connects important temples, heritage places like City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, public squares like Jaleb Chowk and gardens like Jai Niwas Bagh. The estimated cost of the project is Rs.35 Cr. approx.

Jaipur ranks 10th among the best Indian cities to live in. The key economic drivers of Jaipur include Travel & Tourism, export of gems, handicrafts, silver art, carpets, stones, and footwear. As an international Tourism and Heritage destination, it hosts 2 UNESCO world heritage sites Jantar Mantar and Amber Fort. It is amongst the first two cities in India, recently identified as a part of UNESCO Creative City Network. It is a Key node of the Golden Triangle Tourism Circuit which includes Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur.

As Jaipur and is famous for its unique culture and history. The city attracts 75% of the total international tourist to India and has the second highest international tourist footfall after Agra in the country. In the last few years, the Government of Rajasthan has initiated a number of measures to position the state as the leading tourism state in the nation.

This Jaipur Smart City Project is an extension of what all have been done to showcase Jaipur as one of the dealing tourist destinations in the country.

JSCL is seeking technology to design, develop and hosting of the website with integrated QR Codes for tourists in order to help shape their experience when visiting Jaipur. The overall objective of the proposed project is to implement QR codes for tourist sites across Jaipur that will allow the tourist to access authentic and genuine information regarding the tourist sites. Approximately 50 locations are being planned to be included in a phased manner.

The cost of the project is approximately Rs. 0.11 cr.