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Tuesday, 14 August, 2018, 10 : 45 AM [IST]

Development of North East Circuit: Imphal & Khongjom project under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme to be inaugurated today

Dr. Najma A. Heptulla, Governor of Manipur will be inaugurating the project “Development of North East Circuit: Imphal & Khongjom” implemented under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India in the presence of N Biren Singh, Chief Minister, Govt. of Manipur, KJ Alphons, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, Govt. of India and Rashmi Verma, Secretary-Tourism, GoI, in Imphal today. The above project is the first project under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme being inaugurated in the country.

Swadesh Darshan scheme is one of the flagship scheme of Ministry of Tourism for development of thematic circuits in the country in a planned and prioritised manner. The scheme was launched in 2014 -15 and as on date the Ministry has sanctioned 70 projects for INR 5,708.88 Crore to 29 States and UTs under the Scheme. 30 projects / major components of these projects are expected to be completed this year.

The project under inauguration was sanctioned by the Ministry of Tourism in September 2015 for INR 72.30 Crores. The project covers two sites i.e. Kangla Fort and Khongjom. Under this project Ministry has carried out works like restoration and improvement of outer and inner moat and rejuvenation of sacred ponds; reconstruction of old rampart; sound and light show, construction of rock garden, utility block; audio guide, eco-friendly conveyance, development of crafts houses and parking on Naga Nullah; polo gallery; reception and ticket Counter.  The above work has been carried out at a cost of INR 63.90 Crore. Khongjom is the place where the last war of resistance of Anglo Manipur War of 1891 was fought. Under the project a Pedestrian bridge and rejuvenation of Kombirei Lake has been carried out for INR 4.89 Crore.

Development of Tourism in North Eastern Region is prime area of focus for the Ministry of Tourism. The Ministry is developing the tourism infrastructure in the region under its schemes of Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD. Together under both the schemes Ministry has sanctioned 15 projects covering all North Eastern states for INR 1,301.47 Crores.

North Eastern states received a total of 1.69 lakh foreign tourist visits during 2017 as against 1.45 lakh in 2016 registering a growth of 16.7% over 2016. The domestic tourist visits reached to 95.47 lakhs in the year 2017 against 77.71 lakhs registering impressive double digit growth of 22.8% over 2016. The increased number of tourists in turn has created better employment opportunity for the local population in the region. 

Source: PIB

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