Identification of new sites for development under Prasad Scheme is a continuous process subject to availability of resources and adherence to scheme guidelines.
PRASAD Scheme was launched in 2014-15 with 12 identified sites namely
- Ajmer (Rajasthan),
- Amritsar (Punjab),
- Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh),
- Dwarka (Gujarat),
- Gaya (Bihar),
- Kedarnath (Uttarakhand),
- Kamakhya (Assam),
- Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu),
- Mathura (Uttar Pradesh),
- Puri (Odisha),
- Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) and
- Vellankani (Tamil Nadu).
- PRASAD schemes aims to create spiritual centres for tourism development within the nation.
- To implement the PRASAD scheme a Mission Directorate has been set up in the Ministry of Tourism.
- The Budget provision of Rs.15.60 crore was made in Revised Estimate (RE) 2014-15.
New sites added
During 2015-16, Patna (Bihar) and in 2016-17, 12 more sites were added in the scheme for development namely
- Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh),
- Badrinath (Uttarakhand),
- Belur (West Bengal),
- Deoghar (Jharkhand),
- Guruvayur (Kerala),
- Hazratbal and Katra (Jammu & Kashmir),
- Omkareshwar (Madhya Pradesh),
- Somnath (Gujarat),
- Srisailam and Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh),
- Trimbakeshwar (Maharashtra).
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