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Centre okays C’arh’s ‘Ramayana Tourist Circuit’ proposal

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The Union Ministry of Tourism has received the concept proposals for development of Ramayana Circuit from Chhattisgarh Government, officials informed.

The Ramayana circuit comprises-- Dandakaranya Circuit (Sheorinarayan- Rajim- Sihawa Saptrishi Ashram) and Eco-Circuit: (Hasdeo Bango- Khuntaghat- Kodar- Tandula- Madamsilli- Dudhawa- Kosarteda- Dalpat Sagar) from  Chhattisgarh Government.

Moreover, based on the proposal submitted by the State Government of Chhattisgarh, the Ministry has sanctioned the project ‘Development of Tribal Tourism Circuit in Jashpur- Kunkuri- Mainpat- Ambikapur- Maheshpur- Ratanpur- Kurdar- Sarodadadar- Gangrel- Kondagaon- Nathyanawagaon- Jagdalpur- Chitrakoot- Tirthgarh in Chhattisgarh’ under Swadesh Darshan Scheme in 2015-16 with the central financial assistance of Rs 99.94 crore.

The projects are sanctioned subject to availability of funds, submission of suitable detailed project reports, adherence to scheme guidelines and utilization of funds released earlier, it informed.

Notably, the Central government has put up the anticipated timeline for completion of the Tribal Tourism Circuit  in Chhattisgarh to be 2019-20.

The Tribal Tourism Circuit will provide an opportunity to the tourists to witness and experience tribal culture and traditions in Chhattisgarh, officials informed.The key components for development under the project are ‘Ethnic Tourist Village’ and ‘Ethnic Tourist Development’, Destination Development and Wayside amenities.The project would be developed by Chhattisgarh Tourism Board (CTB).

With an objective to take tourism in Chhattisgarh to the next level, the Chhattisgarh government is also planning to take a series of initiatives for developing ‘Highway Tourism’ in the State.

As many as 7,777 foreign tourists visited Chhattisgarh during financial year 2014-15, as per latest data released by the Central Government.

The number of foreign tourist visits were 4172 in 2012 and 3886 in 2013. 

The Union Ministry of Tourism compiles the data of foreign exchange earned through foreign tourists. The Ministry does not compile the data of earnings through domestic tourists. The Foreign Exchange Earnings (provisional) through Tourism in India during 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 were Rs 94,487 crore, Rs 1,07,671 crore, Rs 1,23,320 crore, and Rs 1,35,193 crore, respectively.

Meanwhile, Culture and Tourism Minister Dayaldas Baghel on Monday informed that on the occasion of ‘World Tribal Day’, 'Aamcho Bastar' Exhibition’ will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Raman Singh on Tuesday (August 9) at Purkhauti Muktangan premises of village Uparwara of Naya Raipur.

The inaugural ceremony will be attended by Minister, MPs, MLAs, State Youth Commission Chairman, District Panchayat Raipur President and Panch-Sarpanch of Gram Panchayat Uparwara were also present.

Baghel informed that Aamcho Bastar is an undertaking to exhibit developed Bastar block in Purkhauti Muktangan, reflecting the socio-cultural diversity of Chhattisgarh.

Under this, way of living of various tribes has been showcased. Aamcho Bastar has been constructed with the help of tribal, folk craftsmen and artists of Bastar region, where Sing, Devdi, Dhurwa Holek, Muriya Lon, Koya Lon, Jatra, Abujhmadiya Lon, Ghanasar, Gunsi Raodev, Budhi Mai, Matagudi, Ghotul, Phoolasth, Bastar Dussehra, Narayar Mandir, Ganesh Vigrah, Rao Dev, Dolkal Ganesh, Polang Matta, Ursukaal has been exhibited.

Chhattisgarh exchanged MoUs worth Rs 12 crores for development of world-class tourist facilities during  ‘Incredible India Tourism Investors’ Summit (IITIS)- 2016’ organized by the Ministry of Tourism in partnership with Confederation of Indian Industry and the Tourism Finance Corporation of India from September 21 to 23, 2016 in New Delhi to promote investments in Tourism sector in India.

Several key announcements were made at the valedictory session of the Summit.

The States like Gujarat, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Uttarakhand and Chattisgarh exchanged 86 MoUs during the session and many more are in the pipeline, aggregating close to Rs 15,000 crores, officials informed.

At the summit, Gujarat exchanged MoUs close to 9,000 crores, Karnataka with 2,600 crores, Rajasthan with 1,000 crores ,Uttarakhand with 500 crores and Chhattisgarh with 12 crores. Also, BR Shetty Group is keen to invest 450 crores and Costa Cruise 750 crores and Triveni Singapore close to 800 crores in the country.

Notably, the Chhattisgarh Tourism Board (CTB) will also be aggressively promoting Home Stays segment for tourists , officials informed.

It is inviting private participation to develop and market the Home stays segment in Chhattisgarh.

Companies that work as ‘Aggregators of Home stays’ would be selected for development of Home stays market, officials informed.

The task includes Branding and Marketing related to promotion of Home stay as a concept , opening up and verification of new Home stays in the area, training and handholding the Home stay owners towards the use of technology and operational practices necessary to develop their Home stays.

The task also involves development and implementation of technology framework for Home stays operations  and also strategy, planning and for better Home stay service delivery.

Notably, CTB had earlier also has decided to offer special concessions to the travel agents and tour operators for further boosting tourist traffic in the State.

Officials stated the Board will now charge an amount of Rs 1,000 for three year registration from these agents in order to provide services to the tourists.

Earlier, one year registration and validity charge amounting to Rs 1000 was fixed for travel agents by the Board.  




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