KOLKATA: The state government has made owners of heritage buildings an offer they cannot refuse. The state will reimburse 50% of the cost if they get their buildings renovated. If it works out, it will change the cityscape.
For now, the scheme is for Grade-I heritage structures. "We may extend it beyond government buildings. Grade-I private heritage buildings will be covered under the Great Kolkata Tourism project. The city's heritage is a major focal point of the scheme jointly implemented by the tourism department and ministry of culture," said principal secretary, tourism, Raghavendra Singh.