The State government to spend Rs. 100 crore under the Assam Darshan scheme to develop and publicize places of tourist interest and religious importance.

On Tuesday, Lakhimpur MLA Utpal Dutta inaugurated the road approaching the Panchanan Dewalaya at Dhenudhariya Karchan under Azad area. This construction was funded under ‘Assam Darshan’ scheme for 2019-20.

The Assam government is laying the groundwork under this scheme to preserve and also provide exposure to 1,008 identified religious places of historical importance this year. These include Temples, Thans, Satras, Churches, Dargahs, Masjids and common ritual places of various other ethnic communities and will receive an amount of Rs 10 lakh to strengthen and improve the basic infrastructure in and around these sites.

Additionally, another 74 ‘devalayas’ or places of worship, which had received land from the erstwhile Ahom rulers, will receive financial support of Rs 2 lakh.

Implemented by the Transformation & Development (T&D) Department, the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of each district have been instructed to prepare the master plans of those works that are to be carried out under this scheme.

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Primarily aimed at developing the essential facilities in the rich diversity of religious places located across the State, this scheme will be initiated in two phases.

The first phase will focus on providing drinking water facilities, construction of Public toilets with running water and visitor’s restrooms, construction of parking places and setting up of CCTV cameras, if and where necessary. Lack of such essential facilities creates problems for the visitors to these places, and such projects can also be a part of the composite project for each site.

The second phase will involve the construction of parks, gardens and mini-museum in and around the establishments, establishing garbage disposal mechanism, drainage, internal footpaths, and boundary walls, renovating or establishing of the new electrical system and learning centres for related cultures and rituals.

The fund under ‘Assam Darshan’ scheme will be implemented by the ‘Implementing Committee’ constituted from the institutions, trusts, samitees among others under the supervision of the respective DCs, which will be accountable to the district authorities. The completion of the proposed projects will have to be certified by the technical officers of the concerned Implementing Committee.

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