The Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, launched the National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) scheme on 21st January, 2015, with a focus on holistic development of heritage cities. The scheme aims to preserve and revitalise the heritage city to reflect the city’s unique character by encouraging aesthetically appealing, accessible, informative and secured environment.
The Scheme supports development of core heritage infrastructure projects which include revitalization of urban infrastructure for areas around heritage assets. These initiatives include development of water supply, sanitation, drainage, waste management, approach roads, footpaths, street lights, tourist conveniences, electricity wiring, landscaping and other citizen oriented services.
ICLEI South Asia’s role as a city anchor for the HRIDAY project includes being responsible for planning, advising, and supporting the City Mission Directorate at the City level for successful implementation of the scheme.