The Central Government has released Rs 2903.19 crore in last three years since 2012-13 for development of tourism infrastructure in the country, of which around Rs 4.86 crore was sanctioned for one project in Gujarat, while two tourism circuits have been identified in the state.
This was stated by Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge) in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday in reply to the question raised by member of Rajya Sabha Parimal Nathwani. The minister in his reply said that of total 50 tourist circuits, two are in Gujarat and one is in Jharkhand.
One of the tourist circuits identified in Gujarat include Dwarka-Bet Dwarka – Gopi Talav and Nageshwar and second one was Gir (Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary) – Somnath (Somnath Beach, Somnath Temple, Triveni Tirth) – Ahmedpur Mandvi (Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach) and Junagadh (Uparkot and other sites). The central government sanctioned Rs 1033.34 crore for development of 153 tourism infrastructure projects in 2012-13, Rs 1664.85 crore for 226 projects in 2013-14 and Rs 205 crore for 30 projects in current year, he said.