Rs 292.95 crore from Centre for Tourism Circuits in Gujarat; Rs 83.55 Crore Released so farMarch 08, 2018
New Delhi: The Central Government has sanctioned development of three heritage circuitsunder SwadeshDarshan – Integrated Development of Theme-Based Tourist Circuits and two pilgrimages in Gujarat under PRASHAD- National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive. The Centre has sanctioned Rs292.95 crore for these projects under above two different schemes. Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge) Shri K.J.Alphons provided the information in the Rajya Sabha on March 7, 2018 in reply to the question raised by Member of Parliament Shri Parimal Nathwani.
According to the statement of the minister, the government will develop Heritage Circuits in Ahmedabad- Rajkot- Porbandar- Bardoli- Dandi and Vadnagar- Modhera and Patan along with the Buddhist circuit inJunagadh- Gir-Somnath- Bharuch-Kutch- Bhavnagar- Rajkot- Mehsana in Gujarat. He also said that the government will develop Dwarka and Somnath under PRASHAD scheme. The union government has already released Rs83.55 crore for this purpose, said the minister. These projects are at various stages of implementation, the statement added.
According to the minister’s statement, for Heritage Circuits in Ahmedabad- Rajkot- Porbandar- Bardoli- Dandi the government has sanctioned Rs93.48 crore of which Rs18.70 crore has been released, while for Vadnagar- Modhera and Patan heritage circuit Rs99.81 crore has been sanctioned and Rs44.91 crore has been released. For the Buddhist circuit of Junagadh- Gir-Somnath- Bharuch-Kutch- Bhavnagar- Rajkot- Mehsana, the centre has sanctioned Rs35.99 crore of which Rs7.20 crore has been released. The central government has sanctioned Rs26.33 crore and Rs37.44 crore respectively for development of Dwarka and Somnath under PRASAD scheme and has already released Rs5.25 crore and Rs7.49 crore for the purpose.
The minister stated that the Ministry of Tourism under its schemes of SwadeshDarshan – Integrated Development of Theme-Based Tourist Circuits and PRASHAD- National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive provides Central Financial Assistance to State Governments and Union Territories for development of tourism infrastructure.
Shri Nathwani wanted to know about the proposals received from various States for the Development of Tourist Circuits and Destination Development Schemes along with funds allocated and expenditure incurred.
The minister’s statement said that the submission of proposals by the State Governments/UT Administrations under above schemes is a continuous process. However, the projects are sanctioned subject to availability of funds, submission of suitable detailed project reports, adherence to scheme guidelines and utilization of funds released earlier, he said.
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