Swadesh Darshan Scheme Current Affairs - 2019
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The Union Tourism Minister K. J. Alphons inaugurated the ‘Eco Circuit: Pathanamthitta – Gavi – Vagamon – Thekkady’ project at Vagamon, Kerala on 17th February 2019. This project is a part of the Swadesh Darshan Scheme.
About the Eco Circuit: Pathanamthitta – Gavi – Vagamon – Thekkady Project
- The Eco Circuit project was sanctioned in December 2015 at the cost of Rs. 76.55 crores.
- It has been developed as a 150 km circuit and includes Eco-Adventure Tourism Park at Vagamon, Cultural Centre at Kadamanitta, Eco Log Huts at Peerumedu, Idukki, Approach Roads, Walking trails, Rain Shelters at Pine Valley Forest, Thekkady, Kumily, MoozhiyarDam, Penstock and Kakki
- The eco-tourism circuit aims to protect the flora and fauna of Pathanamthitta and Idukki districts including places like Gavi, Peerumedu
About the Swadesh Darshan Scheme
India’s rich cultural, historical, religious and natural heritage provides great scope to develop tourist circuits on specific themes to attract the tourists having a special interest in visiting such places. Recognizing this huge potential the Swadesh Darshan Scheme was launched by the Union Ministry of Tourism in 2014-15. This flagship scheme of the Ministry of Tourism aims at the development of thematic circuits in a planned and prioritized manner across India.
The Ministry of Tourism has already sanctioned 77 projects at the cost of Rs. 6131.88 Crore to 30 States and UTs. Of these 30 projects / major components of projects are expected to be completed during the current financial year, of which 12 projects worth Rs.1024.49 crore, covering the states of Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh Kerala and Sikkim have already been inaugurated.
Union Minister for Tourism, Shri. K.J. Alphons inaugurated a project under North East India Circuit of Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism.
Infrastructure development activities like Tourist Information Centre, Meditation Centre, Organic Eco Tourism centre, Log Huts, Zip Line, Flower Exhibition Centre, Walkways, Souvenir Shops, Cafeteria, Rain Shelters, Wayside Amenity, Last Mile Connectivity, Parking, Public Toilets etc, have been developed under this project.
The circuit is the first ever project in Sikkim under the scheme and encompasses Rangpo– Rorathang- Aritar- Phadamchen- Nathang-Sherathang- Tsongmo- Gangtok-Phodong- Mangan- Lachung-Yumthang- Lachen- Thangu-Gurudongmer- Mangan- Gangtok-Tuminlingee- Singtam.
Swadesh Darshan Scheme
Swadesh Darshan scheme is one of the flagship scheme of the Ministry of tourism for the development of thematic circuits in the country in a planned and prioritised manner. The project is aimed at the development of quality infrastructure in the country with the objective of providing better experience and facilities to the visitors on one hand and on other hand fostering the economic growth.
The 13 thematic circuits under the Swadesh Darshan scheme are North East India Circuit, Buddhist Circuit, Himalayan Circuit, Coastal Circuit, Krishna Circuit, Desert Circuit, Tribal Circuit, Eco Circuit, Rural Circuit, Spiritual Circuit, Ramayana Circuit, Heritage Circuit and Wildlife Circuit.
Swadesh Darshan Scheme is a 100 per cent centrally funded scheme and also provides for leveraging voluntary funding under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of Central Public Sector Undertakings and corporate sector.
Tags: Buddhist Circuit • Coastal Circuit • Desert Circuit • Eco Circuit • Heritage Circuit • Himalayan Circuit • Krishna Circuit • North East India Circuit • Ramayana Circuit • Rural Circuit • Spiritual Circuit • Swadesh Darshan Scheme • Tribal Circuit • Union Minister for Tourism • Wildlife Circuit.