The programme called Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) has been launched for conserving and preserving the heritage character of the cities. HRIDAY seeks to promote an integrated, inclusive and sustainable development of heritage sites, focusing on maintenance of monuments and on advancement of the entire ecosystem. Preserve and revitalize the soul of the heritage city to reflect the city’s unique character by encouraging aesthetically appealing, accessible, informative & secured environment. To undertake strategic and planned development of heritage cities aiming at improvement in overall quality of life with specific focus on sanitation, security, tourism, heritage revitalization and livelihoods retaining the city’s cultural identity.

 In the initial phase of HRIDAY, 12 heritage cities have been identified which will be rejuvenated and developed. Union Government will provide 500 crore rupees to these 12 cities. The scheme will be completely funded by Union Government to create infrastructure and provide facilities around the heritage sites to attract more tourists. United Nations' Educational, Social and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has shown keenness to collaborate with the Ministry of Urban Development in implementing the 'Heritage Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY).



All these years, redevelopment of heritage structures was taken up as isolated cases. But a need was felt to link the heritage development within a city to the overall planned development of the locality, which not only makes the region more tourist friendly but also improves quality of life of locals. Installation of CCTV cameras and provision of Wi-Fi access areas will also be a focus area.


The duration of the HRIDAY scheme is will be four years from December 14th, 2014 to March 2018.


       To bring urban planning, economic growth and heritage conservation together for heritage cities.

       Beautification in an inclusive and integrated manner with focus on cleanliness, livelihoods, skills, safety, security, accessibility and faster service delivery of heritage cities.

       To guide their conservation, restoration, future use and development.

       Create improved connectivity platform and access to tourists

       Improve last-mile connectivity heritage sites by documentation, conservation of areas, providing more facilities for women, senior citizens and differently abled citizens.






HRIDAY will be planned, developed, and implemented under the aegis of the MoUD with the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) playing the role of National Project Management Unit (NPMU). A robust and interactive mechanism for coordination with ministries like culture, tourism, water resource, housing and urban poverty alleviation, and with state governments, urban local bodies would ensure convergence of activities such that the development is properly planned. For this purpose HRIDAY a National Empowered  Committee (HNEC) will be constituted  at the central level. The HNEC will have representation from all line departments and agencies and will involve the expertise of technical, research, academic institutions and organizations at various levels.



With Rs 500 crore of government funds, the project — Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana ( HRIDAY) - aims to bring together urban planning, economic growth and heritage conservation besides beautification in an inclusive and integrated manner with focus on cleanliness, livelihoods, skills, safety, security, accessibility and faster service delivery

Amount allocated to 12 cities based on city population:



Varanasi (Uttar Prdesh)

89.31 crore rupees

Amritsar  (Punjab)

69.31 crore rupees

Warangal (Telangana)

40.54 crore rupees

Ajmer Ajmer  (Rajasthan)

40.04 crore rupees

Gaya  (Bihar)

40.04 crore rupees

Mathura (Uttar Pradesh

40.04 crore rupees

Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu)

23.04 crore rupees

Vellankini (Tamil Nadu)

22.26 crore rupees

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh)

22.26 crore rupees

Badami (Karnataka)

22.26 crore rupees

Dwaraka (Gujarat)

22.26 crore rupees

Puri (Orissa)

22.54 crore rupees



National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana, (MoUD)


Source: HRIDAY: Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana