Published on : Wednesday, February 14, 2018
In the Union Budget presented on February 1, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the government proposes to develop ten prominent tourist sites as Iconic Tourism destinations through holistic infrastructure and skill development. In addition, the tourist amenities will be upgraded at 100 Adarsh Monuments of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
The selected tourist locations were announced on Tuesday and Hampi is one of them. As part of the initiative, the Central Government will take up 100 Adarsh Smaraks such as toilet blocks, drinking water facilities, pathways and ramps (for the differently abled), seating benches, dustbins, improved parking facilities, ticket counters, landscaping and more.
Hampi is one of the most iconic temple town located in Hosapete taluk of Ballari district and there are more than 57 major monuments in Hampi, most of which come under the core zone of Hampi, which includes four villages spread across 41.8 sq. km.
There is the lack of toilets at the monument sites which is one of the major drawbacks. Hampi was declared as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations for its architectural splendour. The monuments in Hampi are maintained by the Central Archaeology Department. In September 2015, the state government of Karnataka had proposed a tie-up between the iconic ruins of Hampi and Machu Picchu in Peru, South America, for both the sites to be developed as sister heritage sites. The reason for this initiative was to get more international tourists to Hampi, especially from America and increase their awareness about the heritage site.
As per the plan, the ticket for Machu Picchu would have a counterfoil that will provide free entry to Hampi for a period of two years.