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1.HRIDAY – Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana

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 soul of the heritage city to reflect the city’s unique character by encouraging aesthetically appealing, accessible, informative & secured environment.

With a duration of 27 months (completing in March 2017) and a total outlay of INR 500 Crores, the Scheme is being implemented in 12 identified Cities

The Scheme supports development of core heritage infrastructure projects which shall include revitalization of urban infrastructure for areas around heritage assets identified / approved by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and State Governments. These initiatives shall include development of water supply, sanitation, drainage, waste management, approach roads, footpaths, street lights, tourist conveniences, electricity wiring, landscaping and such citizen services.

list of HRIDAY selected places




  • The scheme aims at developing tourism and job creation because India’s rich cultural, historical, religious and natural heritages have a huge potential of tourism.
  • Earlier, in his maiden budget speech in July 2014, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had made the announcement of launching HRIDAY scheme.
  • As per the announcement, the scheme will involve a partnership between the government, academic institutions and local communities, combining affordable technologies.
  • The joint consultation included Municipal Commissioners, District Magistrates and other representatives of the Heritage Cities. Other participants included, representatives of institutions and organizations like INTACH, UNESCO, CEPT University, Indian Heritage Cities Network, SAHAPEDIA, India City Walks and Cities Alliance. Participants agreed that the HRIDAY Scheme should focus on engagement with the entire city ecosystem including citizens, tourists and local businesses. It was jointly agreed that 85% of the total outlay will be earmarked for project formulation and execution. The remaining 15% shall be utilized for other critical components, such as capacity building, establishment of Project Management Units, preparation of Heritage Management Plan (HMP), stakeholder engagement. Based on inputs from the consultation, the Ministry finalizes the guidelines for the HRIDAY Scheme with a total outlay of Rs 500 crores.

2.Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD)

Twelve ancient cities with pilgrimage connections have been identified by the Union Ministry of Tourism for development under the Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spirituality Augmentation Drive (PRASAD).

list of PRASAD selected places

  1. Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh)
  2. Gaya (Bihar)
  3. Dwarka (Gujarat)
  4. Amritsar (Punjab)
  5. Pushkar-Ajmer (Rajasthan)
  6. Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu)
  7. Vellankani (Tamil Nadu)
  8. Puri (Odisha)
  9. Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)
  10. Mathura (Uttar Pradesh)
  11. Kedarnath (Uttarakhand)
  12. Kamakhya (Assam)

Mission directorate

  • The criterion for selection of these cities is their rich heritage and cultural history.
  • To implement the PRASAD scheme a Mission Directorate has been set up in the Ministry of Tourism. The Budget provision of Rs.15.60 crore has been made in Revised Estimate (RE) 2014-15. For Development of basic facilities at Vishnupad Temple, Gaya in Bihar under this Scheme first installment of Rs.85.78 lakh has been released.

3.SWADESH DARSHAN-world-class infrastructure in the respective destinations


Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge) Mahesh Sharma in a written reply said that both the schemes would be implemented in mission mode. Developing world-class infrastructure in the respective destinations/circuits is one of the mission objectives of the schemes, he added. The schemes have been launched in pursuant to the announcements made in budget 2014-15. According to him, under PRASAD, initially, 12 cities namely Amritsar, Ajmer, Amaravati, Dwaraka, Gaya, Kanchipuram, Kedarnath, Kamakhya, Mathura, Puri, Varanasi and Vellankani have been identified for development


  • develop tourist circuits potential
  • develop intergrated infrastrcuture theme based circuit
  • promote cultrual and heritage value of the country
  • provide complete tourism facility in common based circuit
  • follow commuinity based devlopment and pro-poor tourism approach
  • promote local arts , culture , heritage to generate livelihood in the identified region

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