Asom Darshan scheme aims at promoting spiritual tourism in Assam

Guwahati: Chief Minister Sarbanandal Sonowal on Thursday inaugurated the 2nd phase of Asom Darshan scheme. Under the second phase of the scheme 377 religious institutions will be given financial assistance.

The CM inaugurated the program from Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra auditorium in the city. Health and finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, water resource and archaeology minister Keshav Mahanta, among others were present during the inaugural ceremony.

Under the scheme’s second phase, 377 religious institutions will receive Rs 10 lakh each for infrastructure development. The total grant is of Rs 37.70 crore

Formally launched on February 24, under this scheme Rs 710 crore were to be spent to develop and promote places of tourist interest and religious importance.

The state 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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