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4 projects sanctioned under the theme of Tribal Circuit
 
Two projects developed in Nagaland, one each in Telangana and Chattisgarh4 projects sanctioned under the theme of Tribal Circuit

Tribal Circuit is one of the fifteen thematic circuits identified for development under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Government of India’s Ministry of Tourism. Under Swadesh Darshan Scheme, Ministry aims to develop tourism infrastructure in the country in a planned and prioritised manner on the principles of high tourist value, competitiveness, sustainability, enriching tourist experience and creation of livelihood opportunities at local level.

Several promotional activities for domestic and international market4 projects sanctioned under the theme of Tribal Circuit


The Ministry undertakes several promotional activities in the domestic and international markets for promotion of the varied tourism products and destinations of the country including tribal areas. The Ministry produces publicity material and collaterals in English and foreign languages; media campaigns are undertaken in the print and electronic media; familiarisation tours for trade, media and opinion makers are undertaken from overseas to India under the Hospitality Scheme. Out of the four projects for development of Tribal Circuit sanctioned, two are in Nagaland: Peren- Kohima- Wokha and Mokokchung-Tuensang-Mon. One circuit is in Chattisgarh: Jashpur-Kunkuri-Mainpat- Ambikapur-Maheshpur-Ratanpur-Kurdar-Sarodadadar-Gangrel- Kondagaon-Nathyanawagaon-Jagdalpur- Chitrakoot-Tirthgarh and another integrated development of Tribal Circuit in Telangana: Mulugu-Laknavaram-Medavaram-Tadvai- Damaravi- Mallur-Bogatha Waterfalls.

Development with foreign assistance is a continuous process4 projects sanctioned under the theme of Tribal Circuit


Certain tourist places/circuits in the country are developed with the assistance of various International Agencies/foreign banks including World Bank and Asian Development Bank. The details of External Assistance received for the development of tourism infrastructure and other related activities are as follows:
- Buddhist Circuits in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar (Phase-I) (1988-1998): The Government of India and Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund (OECF) entered into loan agreement for 9244 JPY million in 1988 for Development of Buddhist Circuits in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar (Phase-I). This project covered Buddhist Centres of Sarnath, Kushinagar, Piprawaha, Srawasti in Uttar Pradesh and Bodhgaya, Nalanda, Rajgir, Vaishali in Bihar. The above project was completed in December 1988. The total expenditure incurred on the project was Rs.250.95 crore (appox).
- Ajanta- Ellora Conservation and Tourism Development Project (Phase-I) (1992-2002): The Government of India and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) entered into loan agreement for 3745 JPY million in 1992 for Ajanta -Ellora Conservation and Tourism Development Project (Phase I). The places covered under the project were Ajanta and Ellora in Maharashtra. The project was completed in 2002 and the total expenditure incurred was Rs.127.50 crore in March 2002.
- Ajanta Ellora Conservation and Tourism Development Project (Phase-II): A loan Agreement for an amount equivalent to 7331 million Japanese Yen (Rs.299 crore approx was signed between the Government of India (Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance) and JICA on 31st March 2003 for AEDP-II. The loan became effective from 31st July 2003 (Loan Agreement No. ID – P150). The places covered were Ajanta, Ellora, Aurangabad, Daulatabad, Patnadevi, Lonar in Maharashtra. The work on the project is complete and the validity of loan Agreement expired on 31st July 2014.
- An agreement for Rs.450 lakhs was signed between the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, the Departments of Tourism of the Governments of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) in 2013 to cooperate in upgrading the quality of services and goods provided for tourists along the “Buddhist Circuit” in India. The project has been completed and the strategy for integrated tourism development of the Buddhist Circuit in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh “INVESTING IN BUDDHIST CIRCUIT’ was launched on 17th July 2014.
- South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development project (SATIDP)-India: SATIDP-India with an Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan of $20 million was approved by ADB on 16th November 2009, signed on 4th October 2010 and made effective on 25th January 2011, focuses on the state of Sikkim. The project components included (i) connectivity enhancement, (ii) nature and culture based tourism destination improvements, and (iii) support to community participation, capacity building and project management.
- Infrastructure Development Investment Program for Tourism (IDIPT): IDIPT was approved by ADB on 4th October 2010 as a Multitranche Financing Facility (MFF) for $250 Million. The loan allocations are $ 66.61 million to the State of Himachal Pradesh, $61.98 million to the State of Punjab, $55.79 million to the State of Tamil Nadu and $61.62 million to the State of Uttarakhand. The Program targets enhanced economic growth and provision of livelihood opportunities for local communities through tourism infrastructure development with a focus on preservation and development of built, natural and cultural heritage and incidental services.
- Uttar Pradesh Pro-Poor Tourism Development Project: The World Bank has approved a loan of the amount of US$ 40 Million for the Uttar Pradesh Pro-Poor Tourism Development project on December 20, 2017. The program development objective is to increase tourism-related benefits for local communities in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The project is expected to have far-reaching social, economic and environmental benefits by targeting local communities and entrepreneurs near some of the main tourist and pilgrimage attractions in Uttar Pradesh, namely, Agra as well as Mathura, Vrindavan, Barsana and Govardhan in the Braj region.

Providing clean and affordable ‘Home stays’ 4 projects sanctioned under the theme of Tribal Circuit


The Ministry of Tourism has a voluntary scheme for approval of Incredible India Bed & Breakfast/Homestay Establishments wherein the basic idea is to provide a clean and affordable place for foreign and domestic tourists alike including an opportunity for foreign tourists to stay with an Indian family and enjoy the warm hospitality and get a taste of Indian Culture and Cuisine. The Ministry of Tourism has been conducting sensitisation workshops on promotion of Home stays/Incredible India Bed & Breakfast Establishments in all States through its domestic offices to create awareness on the need and rationale behind promotion of Homestays. Ministry of Tourism, Government of India lists ‘Home Stays’ approved by it on its website listing the ‘Home Stays’ in different parts of the country. However, under Swadesh Darshan Scheme, infrastructure is being created to showcase local products. Home Stays are coming up in such areas.

 
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