Centre Grants Rs 50 Crore Each For Three Mega Tourism Projects In Jammu And Kashmir

Centre Grants Rs 50 Crore Each For Three Mega Tourism Projects In Jammu And Kashmir

14 April 2012
Times of India


Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government today said the Centre has agreed to provide a grant of Rs 50 crore each for three mega tourism projects in the state. 'Centre has agreed to sanction three mega tourism projects of Rs 50 crore each in Jammu and Kashmir during the current financial year,' state's tourism and culture minister Nawang Rigzin Jora said. He was speaking after inaugurating the Baisakhi festival organised by the state tourism department in collaboration with the J&K Cultural Academy, at Mansar near here. The projects have been identified as sufi circuit for Kashmir, spiritual circuit for Jammu and Buddhist circuit for Leh, Jora said, adding that Detailed Project Reports of two projects have already been formulated and that of the third one is in the final stage. He further said that the Centre has also approved funding of Rs 5 crore for conservation and development of Suransar lake, and approval for another project of Rs 5 crore for development and conservation of Mansar lake is expected to be received soon from the Centre. Necessary conservation work at these lake sites will be taken up soon and the government will also harness the potential of religious tourism in the state, Jora said. He said focused attention will be given to religious sites like Shiv Khouri, Sudh Mahadev, Chichi Mata and Chandi Mata temples. Jora said that sanction of a project for conservation of Mubarak Mandi heritage complex in Jammu is also expected to be approved by the Centre.