Muttamsetti urges Centre to sanction new projects to State

Minister for Tourism and Culture Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao has appealed to the Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Prahlad Singh Patel to consider sanctioning of the new tourism projects mooted by the State government.

At the National Conference of Tourism Ministers in New Delhi on Tuesday, Mr. Srinivasa Rao presented the list of the projects proposed for sanction under ‘Swadesh Darshan’ at an estimated cost of ₹629.87 crore and under ‘Prasad’ at an estimated cost of ₹376.01 crore for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

In the pipeline

The proposed projects include development of Rajamahendravaram heritage eco-tourism project mooted at a cost of ₹12,258 lakh, development of Rayalaseema Heritage Tourist Circuit at a cost of ₹13,653 lakh and Development of Araku Eco-Tourism Circuit at a cost of ₹18,306 lakh.

The Minister thanked the Central government for sanctioning three projects under ‘Swadesh Darshan’ and two under ‘Prasad’ scheme during 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2017-18 fiscal years.

“All the sanctioned projects, except for the Buddhist Circuit project, have substantially completed. No new project was sanctioned during 2018-19 fiscal year,” Mr. Srinivasa Rao said and sought financial support of the Centre for promotion of tourism in the State for generating employment and givinga boost to overall economic growth.

He also gave representation to Mr. Patel, seeking sanction of ₹1,53,37,500 under the scheme for ‘digitisation of museums’ under the Ministry of Culture for which the DPR has already been submitted.

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