New Delhi,March 5:The National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY), a Central Sector Scheme, with a total outlay of Rs.500 Crores of which 240 Crores has been given for utilizing of Heritage Development by Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs.
HRIDAY scheme aims at preserving and revitalizing the soul and the unique development of heritage cities in India. Under the Scheme, 12 cities namely, Ajmer, Amritsar, Amaravati, Badami, Dwarka, Gaya, Kanchipuram, Mathura, Puri, Varanasi, Velankanni, and Warangal have been identified for development.
HRIDAY Scheme supports the development of core heritage linked to civic infrastructure projects which includes revitalization of urban infrastructure for areas around heritage, religious, cultural and tourism assets of the cities. These initiatives include the development of water supply, sanitation, drainage, waste management, approach roads, footpaths, street lights, tourist conveniences, electricity wiring, landscaping etc.
The information so far of 63 projects amounting to Rs. 421.47 crore for the 12 HRIDAY Cities has been approved by Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Minister of State for Environment, Forest & Climate Change.