The Union Government approved projects worth 500 crore rupees for integrated development of tourism in Jammu and Kashmir under Swadesh Darshan scheme.
The Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee for the scheme approved the projects as part of Development Package of Prime Minister Reconstruction Plan (PMRP).
The new projects include Integrated Development of Tourist facilities at Mantalai - Sudhmahadev - Patnitop Circuit (for 99.99 Crore rupees), Baramulla-Kupwara-Leh circuit (for 99.98 Crore rupees), Rajouri - Bafliyaz - Shopian - Pulwama Circuit (for 99.99 Crore rupees) and Anantnag-Kishtwar- Pahalgam - Daksum - Ranjit Sagar Dam Circuit (for.99.75 Crore rupees).
Nearly 100 crore rupees have been approved for integrated development of tourist facilities in lieu of damaged assets in the floods.
The projects envisage tourist infrastructural development in Jammu and Kashmir. Highlights of the project involved
• Developing a Convention Centre in Gulmarg and Patnitop
• Development of Ethnic Villages
• Development of Water Sports Centre at Baghliyar Dam - Pool Doda
Other major intervention proposed in the circuits include last mile connectivity, tourist facilitation and interpretation centre, base camps for trekking, facilitation centre for pilgrims for Amarnath Yatra, Sound illumination of heritage structures and others.
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