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    80% work completed on Development of​ Ayodhya project: Ministry of Tourism

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    The Swadesh Darshan Scheme is aimed at the integrated development of theme based tourist circuits and the ministry said it is developing tourism these infrastructure in the circuits.

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    New Delhi: After prime minister Narendra Modi attended the bhoomi pujan ceremony of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya on Wednesday, the ministry of tourism said that 80% work has been completed on the 'Development of Ayodhya' project.

    Under its Swadesh Darshan scheme, the ministry of tourism had sanctioned a project called ‘Development of Ayodhya’ under the Ramayana circuit theme for an amount of Rs 127.20 Crore in 2017-18.

    The ministry said the various components sanctioned under this project include development of Ram katha gallery and park, Ram ki paidi, development of Guptar ghat and Laxman qila ghat, rejuvenation of Ayodhya street, multipurpose hall at Digambar akhada etc. Other components included in this project are solar lighting, solid waste management, drainage components, police booth, signages at various locations, stone benches, gazebo, drinking water kiosks, cctv, bus depot and parking, tourist sheds, landscaping of public spaces and beautification of Tulsi Das garden etc.

    The Swadesh Darshan Scheme is aimed at the integrated development of theme based tourist circuits and the ministry said it is developing tourism these infrastructure in the circuits.

    Union minister of state for culture and tourism (Independent charge) Prahlad Singh Patel said: "From time immemorial, pilgrimages have been one of the most powerful motivators for travel.

    Religious/spiritual tourism has proven resilient to the pressure of the global recession because it is not seen as luxury but rather travel with a purpose and it has been strong in any economic scenario."

    In addition, the ministry of tourism had sanctioned another project, “Development of Chitrakoot and Shringverpur” under Ramayana circuit theme of Swadesh Darshan in the year 2016-17. This project has been sanctioned for an amount of Rs 69.45 crore.

    The project comprises of various components like development of Sandhya Ghat, Tourist facilitation centre, development of Ram Shain, veerasan and Sita kund , solar lighting, parking signages etc. at Shringverpur. The ministry said various components sanctioned in Chitrakoot are covered shed at parikrama marg, food kiosk, parking, modern toilet facilities, foot over bridge tourist facilitation centre and Ramayana gallery, and laser show at Ramghat.
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