The Union Government has sanctioned Rs 98.35 Cr for the development of a Heritage Circuit in Assam.
The announcement was made by the Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture, Mahesh Sharma while meeting the state’s Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
• The amount has been sanctioned for the development of Tezpur, Majuli and Sivasagar circuit under the scheme of Swadesh Darshan.
• It includes the development of a composite tourist infrastructure in Majuli, which will comprise an interpretation centre near Kamalabari ghat, log huts, watch towers, cafeteria, elevated walkway, solar illumination and landscaping.
• The infrastructure at Majuli itself is expected to cost around Rs. 61.26 Cr.
• Besides this, the plan includes the development of Ranghar, Joy Sagar and Talatal Ghar in Sivasagar and the development of Kanaklata Udyan and Bamuni Hills in Tezpur.
• The Government of India released the first instalment of Rs 19.67 Cr against the total sanctioned amount on 31 March 2017.
The development of this heritage circuit will give a huge boost to Assam tourism, adding up to the publicity it has received during the Namami Brahmaputra festival.
Further, the Tourism Ministry has also decided to transfer the rights of Brahmaputra Ashok Hotel from the Indian Tourism Development Corporation to the Government of Assam. All necessary processes to formalise the transfer will be completed within the next 15 days.
The ministry is also focused on working towards getting Majuli enlisted in the coveted list of World Heritage sites. The Archaeological Survey of India will be preparing a dossier for the same, which will then be submitted to UNESCO.