The Ministry of Tourism has launched two new schemes in the last financial year:
- Swadesh Darshan for Integrated Development of Tourist Circuits around Specific Themes.
- National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) to beautify and improve the amenities and infrastructure at pilgrimage centres of all faiths.
Under Swadesh Darshan, the following five circuits have been identified for development:
- North East Circuit
- Buddhist Circuit
- Himalayan Circuit
- Coastal Circuit
- Krishna Circuit
Under PRASAD, initially twelve cities have been identified namely Ajmer, Amritsar, Amravati, Dwarka, Gaya, Kedarnath, Kamakhaya, Kanchipuram, Mathura, Puri, Varanasi and Velankanni.
A budget provision of Rs.600.00 crore and Rs.100.00 crore is available for Swadesh Darshan & PRASAD respectively for the year 2015-16.
The details of projects sanctioned under these new schemes are given below:
(Rs. in Crore)
|Projects sanctioned under Swadesh Darshan|
|Sl. No.||Name of the Circuit||Name of the Project||Amt. Sanction||Amount Released|
|1.||North-East Circuit||Bhalukpong – Bomdila-Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh||50.00||10.00|
|2.||Buddhist Circuit||Cultural Centre, Bodhgaya||33.17||6.63|
|3.||Coastal Circuit||Kakinada –Hope Island- Konaseema as World Coastal & Eco Tourism Circuit (Phase–I ) in Andhra Pradesh||69.83||3.37|
(Rs. in Crore)
|Projects sanctioned under PRASAD|
|Sl. No.||Name of the City||Name of the Project||Amt. Sanction||Amount Released|
|1.||Gaya||Development of Basic Facilities at Vishnupad Temple, Gaya, Bihar.||4.29||0.86|
|2.||Puri||Infrastructure Development at Puri.||50.00||10.00|
|3.||Mathura||Development of Mathura – Vrindavan.||14.93||2.99|
|4.||Mathura||Mathura Tourist Facilitation Center||9.35||1.75|
This information was given by the Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma in reply to an unstarred question in Rajya Sabha yesterday.