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Friday, 08 February, 2019, 16 : 00 PM [IST]

Major thrust on spiritual and cultural tourism in UP Annual Budget for 2019-20

The annual budget for 2019-20 presented by Rajesh Agarwal, Finance Minister, Government of Uttar Pradhesh in assembly had a major thrust on spiritual and cultural tourism in the state. The government has proposed big allocation of funds for strengthening the tourist infrastructure around religious destinations in the State.   

Minister has announced INR 207 crores for expansion of Kashi Vishwanath temple.  He also proposed INR 6 crores for a Vedic Science Centre at Banaras Hindu University. Other major proposals in the budget to strengthen infrastructure around religious and spiritual destinations include INR 101 crores for destination development in Ayodhya, INR 125 crores for development of infrastructure in Braj region, INR 27 crores for development of tourist spots in Garh Mukteshwar, etc.  

Agarwal also proposed an allocation of INR 70 crores for activation and implementation of the programmes in the state’s tourism policy released in 2018, and INR 50 crores to support the pro-poor tourism scheme being implemented with the financial support of world bank in Agra.

In the infrastructure front, the proposals include a new Airport in Ayodhya, for which the budget has set aside INR 200 crores.  

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