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UP to get priority in Swadesh Darshan Scheme to promote religious tourism

Lucknow: Under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme of the Central Government, a new tourism circuit has been proposed in the form of Ganga Circuit, identifying holy places located on the banks of river Ganga in Uttar Pradesh.

The estimated cost of this tourism circuit to be developed as a spiritual circuit is Rs 100 crore.

Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture (Independent Charge) Prahlad Singh Patel and State Minister of State for Tourism and Culture (Independent Charge) Neelkanth Tiwari made a presentation about the Ganga circuit during a review of the progress of centrally funded tourism schemes on Friday evening.

In this meeting , it was informed that lakhs of tourists and devotees visit these tourist places located on the banks of the river throughout the year. The development of Ganga circuit will not only lead to the systematic development of these tourist places, but will also benefit from boating, water sports and water transport through waterways in these areas.

After the meeting, both the ministers informed that a new scheme has been proposed in Ayodhya at a cost of Rs 298.84 crore under the Swadesh Darshan scheme. In this, works like construction of nine kilometer ghats on the banks of Saryu river and development of basic facilities for tourists will be done. This project will facilitate the pilgrims going to Ayodhya.

The new schemes of Swadesh Darshan Scheme include tourism development of Kaushambi and Sankisa under Buddhist circuit, Ganga circuit under spiritual circuit, tourism development of Naimisharanya and Misrikh, Kranti path (1857) under heritage circuit, Hastinapur (Dropadeshwar, Pandeshwar Mahadev, Draupadi Ghat tourism development of Mirzapur, Chunar, Sitamarhi, Sonbhadra and Bundelkhand circuits is proposed under eco-tourism circuit at an estimated cost of Rs.497.99 crore.

Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel assured to get the proposals of new schemes of Swadesh Darshan Scheme approved on priority basis. He also directed the officials of the Archaeological Department of India to submit a report about the protected heritage of Shravasti within seven days. He directed to complete the works of all the ongoing central schemes on priority basis by November.

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