Karnataka government resubmitsproposal for getting funds for developing religious tourism center of Chamundi Hills

 Tuesday, November 2, 2021 


After facing humiliation from the Center, the Karnataka government has resubmitted its interest for getting funds for developing the religious tourism center of Chamundi Hills in Mysuru under the Pilgrimage Rejuvenation And Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (Prashad) and suggested new tourism circuits under the Swadesh scheme of the Union government.

At the recently ended southern region tourism and cultural ministers’ conclave, central tourism minister G Kishan Reddy and state Tourism MinisterAnand Singh contended over reasons for Karnataka not being awarded funds under the two tourism schemes for improving state circuits. While Reddy termed it as a “failure” of Karnataka to provide the report, Singh and the state tourism department said that it was a “technical” rejection.

With the event happening in Bengaluru and the ruling party present at both the Center and the state, the two governments decided to “hurriedly” consider a fresh proposal for Prashad and recommend new tourism circuits for SwadeshDarshan.

With more than Rs. 100 crore of central government grants at risk, the schemes, if approved, are expected to buttress the Karnataka tourism sector, which is suffering due to the pandemic.

The state tourism department has proposed a ‘Smart Heritage’ idea, which includes an interactive museum and interpretation center narrating the history of Chamundi Hills and Mysuru with audio visual aid. The “Narratorium” will showcase the Wadiyars of Mysuru, souvenir collection stores and a children’s park with the theme of Mahisha and MahishasuraMardhini. It will also include interactivesignages, smart parking and information and weather alert systems.

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