Government sanctioned tourism projects in Bihar and Kerala to promote theme-based circuits, rural being one of them. By Tanvi Jain

 

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India’s Tourism Ministry has sanctioned projects worth INR 125 crore to boost rural tourism in Bihar and Kerala. The projects are a part of the Swadesh Darshan Scheme recently launched by Union Minister for Culture and TourismPrahlad Singh Patel. The scheme aims at promoting as many as 15 theme-based Tourist Circuits, such as, coastal, Buddhist, North East, rural, spiritual, tribal, heritage, etc. 

“The objectives of the Swadesh Darshan scheme include creating employment through active involvement of local communities and promoting community-based development and pro-poor tourism approach. Based on the above criteria, the ministry has sanctioned two projects total amounting to INR 125.02 crore for development of Rural Circuits under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme which are under different stages of implementation,” Patel was quoted as saying by the media. 

 

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While, one of the projects sanctioned in Bihar on June 28, 2017 worth INR 44.65 croreaims at the development of Bhitiharwa Theme Park, Chandrahia Theme Park and Turkauliathe second one sanctioned in Kerala on September 6, 2018, worth INR 80.37 crore, aims at boosting Malanad Malabar Cruise Tourism. 

Moreover, the Ministry has also decided to felicitate stakeholders with National Tourism Award in the category of Best Rural/Agri/Plantation Tourism Projects. 

Speaking of the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM)launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 21, 2016, he added that it aims at developing a cluster of villages that preserve and nurture the essence of rural community life without compromising on facilities generally considered urban in nature, hence creating ‘Rurban Villages’. 

 

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As per reports, 300 clusters across the country have already been developed under this missionand 67 ‘rurban’ clusters across 26 states/union territories have expressed interest in tourism related activities. 

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has also recently laid the foundation of projects worth INR 543.28 crore for clean Ganga and Dolphin missions, in an attempt to boost tourism in Bihar. Whereas, Kerala has announced its plans to reopen at least 160 tourist spots by October this year. 

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