Published on : Saturday, July 14, 2018
The Tourism minister KJ Alphons has allocated Rs 50 crore for the development of Govardhan parikrama and said Govardhan needs to be made into a world class destination and that the Govardhan Maharaj Utsav shall be organised in October every year.
The Tourism Minister, KJ Alphons also conveyed this after a site inspection in Mathura to assess the requirements for development of facilities at a meeting with the officials of the state government.
Alphons added that it has also been decided in-principle, to include tourism amenities at Kusum Sarovar, Mansi Gate, Chandra Sarovar for development of facilities for pilgrimage in the project. In addition, provision for installation of CCTV, PA system, Wi-Fi system and signages will also be included. The Uttar Pradesh state government will be submitting a detailed project report in this regard, the ministry said.
Earlier, the UP government had submitted a proposal for development of infrastructure facilities at Govardhan in Mathura.
The tourism projects worth Rs 118.23 crore have already been approved by the ministry of tourism under PRASHAD scheme during the last four years, which are under various stages of implementation in Mathura and Varanasi in the state.
The ‘National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Augmentation Drive’ (PRASAD) had been launched by the ministry of tourism in the year 2014-15 with the objective of holistic development of identified pilgrimage and heritage destinations. After discontinuation of HRIDAY scheme of the ministry of housing and urban development and for inclusion of projects for development of heritage destinations in PRASAD Scheme, the scheme guidelines have been modified and the nomenclature of the of the scheme has also been changed from PRASAD to “National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASHAD)” in October 2017.