Hyderabad: Former Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said the Central government had sanctioned financial assistance to tourism projects in Telangana under Swadesh Darshan Scheme.
On Friday, he met Union Minister for Tourism in New Delhi Alphonse Kannathanam and invited him to Samakka Sarallamma Jatara.
Speaking to the media, he said: “Alphonse was happy to hear about the jatara that is celebrated by lakhs of people from Telangana and neighbouring States.” He gave his consent to visit and take the blessings of Goddess Samakka and Sarallamma on January 31.
Dattatreya said the Ministry of Tourism had sanctioned financial assistance for developing the projects such as Integrated Development of Eco Tourism Circuits at Mulugu, Laknavaram, Tadvai, Medavaram, Damaravi, Mallur, Bogatha waterfalls.
“Some Rs 84.40 crore has been sanctioned and of this, Rs 38.37 crore was already released for the above projects for the year 2016-17,” he said.
Another Rs 99.42 crore was sanctioned by the Centre for the development of Heritage Circuits – Qutub Shahi Heritage Park, Paigah Tombs, Hayat Bakshi Mosque, Raymond’s Tomb — in Telangana under Heritage Circuit in 2017-18. Of this, Rs 19.88 crore was already released for the year 2017-18.
He said the Central government was also considering providing financial assistance of about Rs 98.98 crore for the development of Devarakonda, Bhongir, Rajapeta, Khammam and Rachakonda Forts under heritage circuit and a financial assistance of about Rs 104.66 crore for the development of Tribal and Eco-Tourism in Adilabad District was also under the consideration of the Ministry of Tourism.
Dattatreya said he had also requested the Ministry of Tourism to provide assistance to development Kolanupaka, a historical Jain pilgrim centre and Yadadri. He added the Union Minister had assured that he would help to sanction assistance as soon as the Ministry gets the Detailed Project Report (DPR) from the Telangana government.