The Union government has released Rs2903.19 crore since 2012-13 for development of tourism infrastructure in the country.Of this Rs53.86 crore were sanctioned for two projects in Jharkhand.
Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of state for Tourism (Independent Charge) stated in Rajya Sabha on December 10, 2014 in reply to the question raised by member of Rajya Sabha Mr. Parimal Nathwani.
Parimal Nathwani wanted to know about number of tourism infrastructure projects approved and financed in last two years and current year,special schemes for investment in tourism infrastructure development and amount earmarked for development of tourist spot.The minister also informed the Centre has identified 50 circuits/destinations for development of tourism and has forwarded the same to the respective States/UTs for their comment.
The minister in his reply informed that of total 50 tourist circuits/destinations one is in Jharkhand and two are in Gujarat.One circuit is in Jharkhand include Deoghar (Basukinath, Baidyanath Dham, Naulakha Temple, Trikut, Tapova) – Giridih (Harihar Dham, Khandoli, Usri Falls) – Khandoli (Parsvnath Temple/ Madhuban) – Ursi – Parsvnath –Topchanchi (Topchanchi Wildlife Sanctuary and Reservoir) and Dhanbad (Maithon), while two tourism circuits identified in Gujarat include (1) Dwarka-Bet Dwarka – Gopi Talav and Nageshwar and (2) 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).
Picture shows Baidnath Dham in Deoghar,Jharkhand