Ministry of Tourism, under the schemes viz., Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASHAD) and “Integrated Development of Theme Based Tourist Circuit in the Country, Swadesh Darshan (SD)” provides Central Financial Assistance for infrastructure development and beautification of tourist spots on receipt of suitable DPRs submitted by State Governments/Union Territories, subject to availability of funds, liquidation of pending utilisation certificate against the fund released earlier and adherence to the relevant scheme guidelines. These schemes are funded solely by the Central Government without any cost share from the State Government. Based on the project proposals received from Andhra Pradesh, Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned the following projects:
i. “Development of Amaravati Town, Guntur District as a Tourist Destination” approved under PRASHAD Scheme in 2015-16 at the cost of Rs.28.36 Crore. The amount Rs.22.69 Crore has been released so far.
ii. “Development of Srisailam Temple” approved under PRASHAD Scheme in 2017-18 at the cost of Rs.47.45 Crore. The amount Rs.37.96 Crore has been released so far.
iii. “Development of Kakinada Hope Island Konaseema as World Class Coastal and Eco Tourism Circuit” approved under Swadesh Darshan Scheme in 2014-15 at the cost of Rs.67.84 Crore. The amount Rs.64.44 Crore has been released so far.
iv. “Development of Coastal Tourism Circuit in Sri Potti Sriramalu Nellore” approved under Swadesh Darshan Scheme in 2015-16 at the cost of Rs.59.70 Crore. The amount Rs.47.76 Crore has been released so far.
v. “Development of Buddhist Circuit: Shalihundam-Thotlakonda-Bavikonda-Bojjanakonda-Amravati-Anupu” approved under Swadesh Darshan Scheme in 2017-18 at the cost of Rs.52.34 Crore. The amount 10.47 Crore has been released so far.
vi. “Construction of Cruise-cum-Coastal Cargo Terminal at Chaneelbirth area in Outer Harbour of Visakhapatnam Port” approved in 2018-19 under the scheme ‘Assistance to Central Agencies for Tourism Infrastructure Development’ at the cost of Rs.38.50 Crore. The amount Rs.19.25 Crore has been released so far.
vii. “Sound and Light Show at Puttaparthy, Andhra Pradesh” approved in 2017-18 under the scheme ‘Assistance to Central Agencies for Tourism Infrastructure Development’ at the cost of Rs.7.09 Crore. The amount Rs.3.54 Crore has been released so far.
This information was given by Minister of State (I/C) for Culture & Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.