Improving Heritage Management in India

India’s cultural heritage and, inparticular, its archaeological and built heritage is unparalleled in the world. An initial survey indicates the total quantum of India’s built heritage and archaeological remains may roughly amount to a total of 400000 plus heritage structures across the country including the centrally protected monuments, state protected monuments, heritage buildings under various religious trusts, historic cities and archaeological sites. Currently, India’s Heritage is under financed and, a Comprehensive Vision for Heritage Budget and Planning with innovative means of financing is essential. This heritage does not just constitute the important markers of India’s past but also presents a unique opportunity for generating employment and incomes through heritage tourism and local development.