Leveraging National Schemes to Support a Heritage Agenda

By Mukta Naik and Kimberly M Noronha
CONTEXT: Special Issue on Asia and Urban Heritage Volume XII , 1 October 2016

Looking at India's urban planning policy framework, there emerges the difficulty of arriving at reconciliation between the desire to develop world class cities and the need to conserve and restore cities as spaces where heritage, both intangible and built, is intertwined with the functional city. The question whether the slew of Five Year Missions devised by the Ministry of Urban Development, such as the Swachh Bharat Mission, Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana, the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation, and the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, have been able to achieve this reconciliation has been explored here. Out of these, two such schemes, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation, and the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana have been taken up to investigate the question - where and how does the issue of heritage get addressed in the intent, content and governance of the two national schemes.