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Govardhan Maharaj Utsav to be held in Oct every year, ministry sanctions Rs 50 cr for Govardhan Parikrama

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Teerth of would be turned into a world class tourist destination and the Maharaj Utsav would be organised there in October every year, Tourism K J Alphons said today after a visit to the holy city.

He was in to assess the requirements for development of facilities at a meeting with the officials of the government, a statement from the ministry said.

Alphons also said that it had been decided, in-principal, to include tourism amenities at Kusum Sarovar, Mansi Gate, for development of facilities for pilgrimage in the project.

In addition, provision for installation of CCTV, PA system, signages would also be included, he said.

The would be submitting a detailed project report in this regard, the statement said.

Puja commemorates Lord lifting the on his finger to protect those who sought his refuge from Indra's rage. Govardhan Puja is the main ritual performed during Annakut and it is celebrated on the fourth day of Diwali.

Earlier, the UP government had submitted a proposal for development of infrastructure facilities at Govardhan Teerth in

During the visit, the also announced Rs 50 crore for the development of Govardhan Parikrama.

Till date, projects worth Rs 118.23 crore were approved by the under PRASHAD Scheme during the last four years, which were under various stages of implementation in Mathura and

The developmental plan in Mathura was part of the National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASHAD) launched in October 2017.

The total number of sites identified for development under the scheme at present were 24.

They were Amaravati and Srisailam (Andhra Pradesh), Kamakhya (Assam), and (Bihar), Dwarka and Somnath (Gujarat), Hazratbal and Katra (Jammu and Kashmir), Deogarh (Jharkhand), Guruvayoor (Kerala), Maa Chintpurni, Una (Himachal Pradesh, Omkareshwar (Madhya Pradesh), (Odisha), (Punjab), Ajmer (Rajasthan), Kanchipuram and Vellankani (Tamil Nadu), Varanasi, and Mathura (Uttar Pradesh), Badrinath and Kedarnath (Uttarakhand) and Belur (West Bengal).

Till date total 24 projects had been approved with estimated expenditure of Rs 727.16 crore and a total amount of Rs 267.44 crore released for these projects from 2014 to the current financial year.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 20:30 IST