Union Tourism Ministry approves funds for Swadesh Darshan scheme
New Delhi, Sep 7 : The Union Ministry of Tourism approved projects amounting to Rs 450 crore under the Swadesh Darshan scheme for Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Sikkim, ministry announced on Wednesday.
The ministry’s Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) approved the projects which are aimed at developing a heritage circuit in Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the Ramayana circuit in Uttar Pradesh, a North East circuit in Sikkim and a coastal circuit in Tamil Nadu.
The heritage circuit in Madhya Pradesh covers Gwalior- Orchha- Khajuraho-Chanderi-Bhimbetka-
Mandu, with total project cost of approximately Rs 100.00 crore.
The project envisages world class infrastructural development of the sites, which includes developing a theme park and convention centre in Khajuraho, sound and light show in Mandu. site illumination, construction of tourist facilitation centres and parking areas.
The heritage circuit in Uttarakhand is on developing tourism infrastructure in Jageshwar-Devidhura-Katarmal-
Baijnath sites with total project cost of approximately Rs 83 crore.
The highlights of project in Uttarakhand are development of eco log huts, sound and light show and upgradation of temple pathways.
Coastal circuit in Tamil Nadu envisages development of Chennai- Mamamallapuram-Rameshwaram-
Manpadu–Kanyakumari with total project cost of approximately Rs 100 crore.
Sound and light show, development of beach amenities, construction of pedestrian bridge connecting Vivekanand Memorial with Tiruvalluvar Statue are major highlights of the Tamil Nadu project.
The Ramayana circuit in Uttar Pradesh envisages development of two destinations viz. Chitrakoot and Shringverpur.
The project cost for this UP circuit is approximately Rs 70 crore for development of Parikrama Marg, food plaza, laser show, foot over bridge connecting MP and UP parts of Chitrakoot, as well as development of Ghats, tourist facilitation centres and parking areas.
The Ramayana circuit in Uttar Pradesh also includes Ayodhya for which the Uttar Pradesh state tourism department is preparing Detailed Project Report (DPR)
The North East circuit in Sikkim with approximate project cost of Rs 95.50 crore includes development of eco log huts, cultural centre, paragliding centre, craft bazaar, base camp for mountaineering and meditation hall.