Source: Yojana Magazine
HRIDAY was launched in 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.
The objectives of the scheme are:
- Planning, development, and implementation of heritage-sensitive infrastructure.
- Service Delivery and infrastructure provisioning in the core areas of the historic city
- Preserve and revitalize heritage wherein tourists can connect directly with the 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 a focus on sanitation services like public conveniences, toilets, water taps, street lights, with the use of the latest technologies in improving tourist facilities/amenities.
- Local capacity enhancement for the inclusive heritage-based industry.
- The Scheme supports the development of core heritage infrastructure projects including the revitalization of linked urban infrastructure for heritage assets such as monuments, Ghats, temples etc. along with reviving certain intangible assets.
- These initiatives shall include the development of sanitation facilities, roads, public transportation & parking, citizen services, information kiosks, etc.
- The Scheme was implemented in 12 identified Cities namely, Ajmer, Amaravati, Amritsar, Badami, Dwarka, Gaya, Kanchipuram, Mathura, Puri, Varanasi, Velankanni and Warangal.
- HRIDAY is a central sector scheme, where 100% funding will be provided by the Government of India. The duration of this scheme is four years and 3 months i.e. from December 2014 to March 2019. The scheme would be implemented in a mission mode.