The Union Government on 7 September 2016 approved projects worth about 450 crore rupees under Swadesh Darshan scheme for five states.
The five states are: Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and Tamil Nadu.
The scheme was launched with an objective to develop 13 theme-based tourist circuits in India. The approval for the five states was given in a meeting of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) on 5 September 2016.
Various circuits under Swadesh Darshan Scheme
• In total, 13 thematic circuits have been identified for development, namely North-East India Circuit, Buddhist Circuit, Himalayan Circuit, Coastal Circuit, Krishna Circuit, Desert Circuit, Tribal Circuit, Eco Circuit, Wildlife Circuit, Rural Circuit, Spiritual Circuit, Ramayana Circuit and Heritage Circuit.
• The Ramayana Circuit in Uttar Pradesh: Amount of 70 crore rupees is approved for the project. It envisages development of two destinations, Chitrakoot and Shringverpur. It also includes Ayodhya, for which Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department is preparing a detailed project report.
• The Heritage Circuit in Madhya Pradesh: Amount of 100 crore rupees is approved for the project. It will cover Gwalior-Orchha-Khajuraho-Chanderi-Bhimbetka-Mandu.
• The Heritage Circuit in Uttarakhand: Amount of 83 crore rupees is approved for the project. The amount will be used for development of infrastructure in Jageshwar-Devidhura-Katarmal- Baijnath sites.
• The Coastal Circuit in Tamil Nadu: Amount of around 100 crore rupees is approved for the project. It envisages development of Chennai-Mamamallapuram- Rameshwaram-Manpadu-Kanyakumari.
• The North East Circuit in Sikkim: Amount of 95.50 crore rupees is approved for the project. It includes development of eco log huts, cultural centre, paragliding centre, craft bazaar, base camp for mountaineering and meditation hall.
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When: 7 September 2016