Inclusive Heritage-based City Development in India (Villes en Developpment #107)


The October 2017 issue of Villes en Developpment includes an article on the Cities Alliance-World Bank Inclusive Heritage-based City Development Programme (IHCDP) in India, as part of a focus on theoretical and practical approaches to dealing with issues raised by interventions in old city centres. 

The article, by World Bank Senior Development Planner Stefania Abakerli and D. Ajay Suri, Cities Alliance regional adviser for Asia, gives an overview of the project, which aims to put heritage at the heart of urban public action.

The first phase of the project (2012-14) facilitated the mobilisation of communities in the pilot cities. The communities engaged with other stakeholders to profile city heritage assets and prepare plans for city heritage management and investment. The experiences of the pilot cities informed urban revitalization guidelines, which were shared with the national government for adoption in the national Heritage Cities Development and Augmentation Scheme (HRIDAY).

The second phase (2016-18) scales up the approach successfully tested in Phase I by supporting the 12 heritage cities covered under HRIDAY and select state governments to develop state programmes for development of heritage cities.

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