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Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana

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National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) was launched on 21 January 2015 with the aim of bringing together urban planning, economic growth and heritage conservation in an inclusive manner to preserve the heritage character of each Heritage City.

Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY)
Country India
Prime Minister(s) Narendra Modi
Launched 21 January 2015; 3 years ago (2015-01-21)
Budget 500 crore (US$77 million)
Status Active

The Scheme shall support development of core heritage infrastructure projects including revitalization of linked urban infrastructure for heritage assets such as monuments, Ghats, temples etc. along with reviving certain intangible assets. These initiatives shall include development of sanitation facilities, roads, public transportation & parking, citizen services, information kiosks etc.

With a duration of 4 years (completing in November 2018) and a total outlay of 500 crore (US$77 million), the Scheme is set to be implemented in 12 identified Cities namely, Ajmer, Amaravati, Amritsar, Badami, Dwarka, Gaya, Kanchipuram, Mathura, Puri, Varanasi, Velankanni and Warangal.[1]



The objectives of the scheme are:[2]

  • Planning, development and implementation of heritage-sensitive infrastructure
  • Service Delivery and infrastructure provisioning in the core areas of the historic city
  • Preserve and revitalise heritage wherein tourists can connect directly with city’s unique character
  • Develop and document a heritage asset inventory of cities – natural, cultural, living and built heritage as a basis for urban planning, growth, service provision and delivery
  • Implementation and enhancement of basic services delivery with focus on sanitation services like public conveniences, toilets, water taps, street lights, with use of latest technologies in improving tourist facilities/amenities.
  • Local capacity enhancement for inclusive heritage-based industry


India is endowed with different cultures, religions, traditions, art & handicrafts, architectural styles, music and literature. Not that there haven't been any efforts to conserve historic and cultural resources in Indian cities, but most of them have been carried out in isolation from the immediate aspirations of the local communities. Often, main urban development issues, such as local economy, urban planning, livelihoods, service delivery and infrastructure provision have been neglected. Basic amenities like toilets, signages, street lights are missing at heritage areas. Multiple institutions and unclear regulatory framework for financing and managing urban heritage assets, combined with the weak capacity of Urban Local Bodies have created major challenges for managing these heritage cities. It is essential to note here that the development of a heritage city is not just about development and conservation of a few monuments, but development of the entire city, its planning, its basic services, quality of life of its communities, its economy and livelihoods, cleanliness, security, reinvigoration of its soul and an explicit manifestation of its character. HRIDAY will inculcate a planned approach to tap the unlimited potential underlying in tourism and heritage sector of these cities, further giving a boost to the traditional and national economy. This will also enable the smooth dovetailing of modern concept of economic development through locally available knowledge, resources and skills.[3]


HRIDAY is a central sector scheme, where 100% funding will be provided by Government of India. INR 500 Crores have been allocated to the scheme, under the following heads:[4]

Budget Components % Allocation Funds Allocated (Rs. Crore)
Project Implementation 85 400 + 25
City PMU Establishment 3 15
Administrative and Operating Expenses 1 5
Information, Education and Communication 4 20
DPRs and HMP preparation 4 20
Capacity Development 3 15

The scheme would be implemented in a mission mode. Each city has been granted a specific amount of fund, based on its population and size. The funding is as follows:[5]

S.No City Funds (Rs. Crore)
1 Ajmer 40.04
2 Amaravati 22.26
3 Amritsar 69.31
4 Badami 22.26
5 Dwaraka 22.26
6 Gaya 40.04
7 Kanchipuram 23.04
8 Mathura 40.04
9 Puri 22.54
10 Varanasi 89.31
11 Velankanni 22.26
12 Warangal 40.54


  1. ^ "HRIDAY to revive 7 heritage cities", Times of India, 1 December 2014 
  2. ^ "HRIDAY Guidelines". Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. 
  3. ^ Introduction, HRIDAY official website 
  4. ^ "Guidelines of HRIDAY scheme" (PDF). Ministry of Urban Development Official Website. 
  5. ^ "Heritage City Development Scheme (HRIDAY) launched : Centre to fund entire expenditure". Press Information Bureau, Govt. of India Official Website. 

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