Lucknow: In yet another attempt to push forward the pristine relevance of the Ganga, the Yogi Adityanath government has planned to build the Ganga circuit at a cost of one hundred crores to promote tourism in the areas situated on the banks of Ganga in the state.
Meanwhile there will also be arrangements made for tourists in Ayodhya with the construction of ghats for 9 km along the Saryu river at a cost of 299 crores.
These decisions were taken in the review meeting of the Tourism Department organized by the Union Tourism Minister. The State Tourism Department presented new tourism development plans for the state under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme of the Central Government.
The meeting was graced by the State Tourism Minister Neelkanth Tiwari in the auditorium of Paryatan Bhawan. Union Tourism and Culture Minister Prahlad Patel directed to complete the work of the projects run under the tourism development schemes of the Central Government by November 2021. He said that the projects should be completed as per the prescribed standards and quality.
Patel reviewed the tourism development plans of the Center in the presence of Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism, Neelkanth Tiwari on Friday. He said that the new tourism schemes proposed by the state would develop tourism, domestic and foreign tourists would get world class facilities and lakhs of people would get direct and indirect employment opportunities.
During the course of the meeting, a plan to establish Ganga circuit in the spiritual circuit of Swadesh Darshan scheme was presented by the tourism department. It is proposed to develop a new tourist circuit in the form of Ganga Circuit at a cost of 100 crores covering all the important and holy places falling on the banks of river Ganga. With the development of Ganga circuit, the famous tourist places will be developed in a planned manner. Along with this, the benefit of boating, water sports and water transport will also be available through the water route in this area.
Along with this, construction, widening and beautification of construction works inside Ayodhya and up to the temple road are proposed. 298.84 crore project will facilitate the travel of pilgrims coming to Ayodhya.
Tourism Development of Kaushambi and Sankisa under Buddhist Circuit in Swadesh Darshan Scheme, Ganga Circuit in Spiritual Circuit, Naimisharanya, Tourism Development of Misrikh, Kranti Path 1857 in Heritage Circuit, Hastinapur, Draupeshwar, Pandeshwar Mahadev, Draupadi Ghat, Eco-tourism Circuit. Under this, tourism development of Mirzapur Chunar, Sitamarhi, Sonbhadra and Bundlekhand circuits is proposed to be done. These works will cost about Rs 498 crore. Patel assured to accept the proposals submitted by the state on priority.
He directed the officials of the Archaeological Department of India to submit the report related to the protected heritage sites at Shravasti within seven days. Principal Secretary Mukesh Meshram, Special Secretary Shivpal Singh, Joint Director Avinash Chandra Mishra and other officers were present in the meeting.