The Ministry of Tourism has launched a scheme Pilgrimage Rejuvenation And Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) for development and beautification of important pilgrimage sites of the country in 2014-15. Under the scheme 13 sites have been identified so far for development, namely Ajmer, Amritsar, Amaravati, Dwarka, Gaya, Kedarnath, Kamakhya, Kanchipuram, Mathura, Patna, Puri, Varanasi and Velankanni.
Details of the funds sanctioned for the projects of Mathura under PRASAD Scheme are as under:-
(Rs. in crore)
|Sl. No.||State||Name of the project||Sanctioned Amount|
|1.||Uttar Pradesh||Development of Mathura-Vrindavan as Mega Tourist Circuit (Ph-II)||14.93|
|2.||– do-||Construction of Tourist Facilitation Centre at Vrindavan, Distt. Mathura||9.35|
The Ministry of Tourism has also launched another scheme, Swadesh Darshan for integrated development of theme based tourist circuits in the country in 2014-15. Ramayana and Krishna Circuits are among the thirteen thematic circuits identified for development under the scheme.
The destinations initially identified for development under the Ramayana, Krishna Circuits in the country are as under:
- Ramayana Circuit: Ayodhya, Nandigram, Shringverpur & Chitrakoot (Uttar Pradesh); Sitamarhi, Buxar & Darbhanga (Bihar); Chitrakoot (Madhya Pradesh); Mahendragiri (Odisha); Jagdalpur (Chattisgarh); Nashik & Nagpur (Maharashtra) Bhadrachalam (Telangana); Hampi (Karnataka) and Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu).
- Krishna Circuit: Dwarka (Gujarat); Nathdwara, Jaipur & Sikar (Rajasthan); Kurukshetra (Haryana), Mathura, Vrindavan, Gokul, Barsana, Nandgaon & Govardhan (Uttar Pradesh) and Puri (Odisha).
In the current financial year, the budget allocation for the PRASAD scheme is Rs.100 crore while that for the Swadesh Darshan scheme is Rs.706.35 crore. Suitable projects relating to the identified sites/circuits are eligible for sanction subject to adherence to scheme guidelines, availability of resources and submission of previous utilization certificates.
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