New Delhi: The Ministry of Tourism has approved two projects in Bihar and Kerala at a cost of 1.25 billion rupees, under the Rural Tour, as part of its efforts to bring tourism to the country’s rural areas.
In a written reply to the Bharatiya Janata Party member Rakesh Sinha’s question in Rajya Sabha, Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel stated that the Ministry has launched the Swadesh Darshan plan, the theme-based comprehensive development of tourist routes to develop tourist infrastructure, Including last mile connectivity.
He said that recognizing the potential of rural tourism in the country, the Ministry has identified the Rural Tour as one of the 15 themed development tours under the plan.
Patel said: “The goals of the Swadesh Darshan plan include creating jobs through the active participation of local communities, and promoting community-based development and poverty alleviation tourism.”
He said: “According to the above criteria, the Ministry has approved two projects with a total amount of Rs 125.02 million for the development of rural tournaments under the Swadesh Darshan plan. These projects are in different stages of implementation.”
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Patel said that one of the projects was approved in Bihar in the 2017-18 fiscal year. This is the development of the Bhitiharwa -Chandrahia -Turkaulia circuit, with an amount of Rs 4,465 crore.
He said that another one was sanctioned in Kerala during 2018-19. This is the development of Malanad Malabar Cruise Tourism with a total amount of Rs 80.37 crore.
The Ministry has also established a national tourism award in the category of “Best Rural/Agricultural/Plantation Tourism Project” to motivate stakeholders in the tourism industry to implement such projects.
“The Ministry of Rural Development informed us that their Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM) follows the vision of developing a group of villages that preserve and nurture the essence of rural community life, focusing on fairness and inclusiveness, without compromising what is perceived The facility is essentially a city, so “urban village” clusters are created.”
According to the mission, 300 clusters are being developed in 28 states and eight combined territories. Tourism is one of the themes of urban agglomeration development.
Tourism-related activities and projects belong to the 21 components of SPMRM.
Patel said that the Ministry of Rural Development has informed that a total of 67 urban agglomeration areas have proposed tourism-related activities in the Kpanchayat region in 26 states and Union territories.
The main purpose of the Rural Tour Tour is to showcase rural life, art, culture and heritage, these villages have core competitiveness in handicrafts, handlooms, textiles, natural environment and other characteristics.