New Delhi: Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism K. J. Alphons, in a written reply in Rajya Sabha, said that for development of tourism infrastructure in the country, his Ministry has sanctioned Rs 727.16 crores Under PRASHAD Scheme 41 religious sites in the country.
The scheme- a Heritage Augmentation Drive and Swadesh Darshan – Integrated Development of Theme-Based Tourist Circuits was launched in the year 2014-15.
The fund will be allocated below tourist spots-
41 religious sites have been identified for development in the country namely Amaravati and Srisailam (Andhra Pradesh), Kamakhya (Assam), Parasuram Kund (Lohit District, Arunachal Pradesh), Patna and Gaya (Bihar), Balmeshwari Devi Temple (Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh), Dwarka and Somnath (Gujarat), Gurudwara Nada Saheb, Panchkula (Haryana), Maa Chintpurni (Una, Himachal Pradesh), Hazratbal and Katra (Jammu & Kashmir), Deogarh and Parasnath (Jharkhand), Chamundeshwari Devi, Mysuru (Karnataka), Guruvayoor, St. Thomas International Shrine, (Malayattoor), Cheraman Juma Mosque (Thrissur, Kerala), Omkareshwar and Amarkantak (Madhya Pradesh), Babedpara, West Jaintia Hills and Sohra (Meghalaya), Aizwal (Mizoram), Kohima and Mokokchung Districts (Nagaland), Trimbakeshwar (Maharashtra), Puri (Odisha), Amritsar (Punjab), Ajmer (Rajasthan), Kanchipuram and Vellankani (Tamil Nadu), Tripura Sundari (Tripura), Varanasi and Mathura (Uttar Pradesh), Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri (Uttarakhand) and Belur (West Bengal).
There has been 14 per cent growth in foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) in India in 2017 as compared to 2016. The total foreign exchange earnings (FEEs) accrued through tourism in 2017 was Rs 1,77,874 crore.
The information was given by Alphons in the Lok Sabha on Monday. He said India ranks 26th in the world in receiving of global tourists and is one of the highest growing tourist economies in the world. Meanwhile, since the inception of PRASHAD (Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive) in 2014-15, so far 28 sites/destinations in 21 States have been selected for the infrastructure development. Also, a total of 24 projects have been sanctioned in 16 States with the approved cost of Rs 727.16 crore and Rs 270.24 crore has been released for these projects till date, he said.