Under the Swadesh Darshan scheme, Union Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned Rs 98.35 crore for a Heritage Circuit in Assam. The amount has been sanctioned for development of the Tezpur, Majuli and Sivasagar circuit. The announcement was made by the Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture, Mahesh Sharma following a meeting with Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in Guwahati.
The first instalment of Rs 19.67 crore against the sanctioned amount was released by the centre on March 31, 2017.
The scheme would also include development of a composite tourist infrastructure in Majuli comprising a centre near Kamalabari ghat, log huts, watch towers, cafeteria, elevated walkway, solar illumination, landscaping, etc, worth Rs 61.26 crore, development of Ranghar, Joy Sagar and Talatal Ghar in Sivasagar and Kanaklata Udayan and Bamuni Hills in Tezpur.
The development of this heritage circuit will give a boost to tourism in Assam against the background of the publicity received during the Namami Brahmaputra festival.
The Tourism Ministry has also decided to work together to enlist Majuli in the coveted list of World Heritage Site and has already engaged the Archaeological Survey of India in order to prepare the dossier for submitting it to the UNESCO.
Furthermore, the Union Tourism Ministry has also sanctioned Rs 2 crore for the Namami Brahmaputra festival, which is being organised for the first time by the state government of Assam to glorify the river Brahmaputra as well as to promote globally tourism, economy and civilisation of the state.
The Chief Minister expressed gratitude to the centre for this gesture and hopes that the Tourism Ministry would continue to provide support in developing Assam as a prime tourist destination.