Government has sanctioned project for development of Srawasti, Kushinagar & Kapilvastu in Uttar Pradesh under the Buddhist Circuit theme of Swadesh Darshan Scheme in the year 2016-17. It was The informed by Union Tourism Minister of State (I/C) Prahlad Singh Patel in reply to question in Lok Sabha.
Ministry of Tourism has identified Buddhist Circuit as one of 15 thematic circuits for development under Swadesh Darshan Scheme. All sites in country related to Buddhism including the ones in Uttar Pradesh are covered under this Circuit.
Swadesh Darshan scheme
- It is one of flagship schemes of Ministry of Tourism launched in 2014 for development of thematic circuits i.e. theme-based tourist circuits across the country in a planned and prioritised manner.
- These tourist circuits are being developed on the principles of high tourist value, competitiveness and sustainability in an integrated manner.
- It is 100% centrally funded scheme. It also has provision for leveraging voluntary funding under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of Central PSUs and corporate sector.
- 15 thematic circuits that have been identified so far for development under it are Buddhist, North-East India, Coastal, Himalayan, Krishna, Desert, Eco, Wildlife, Tribal, Rural, Sufi, Tirtankar, Spiritual, Ramayana and Heritage.
- Such theme based tourist circuits are being developed in manner to supports communities, provide employment and fosters social integration without comprising upon environmental concerns and provides unique experiences to tourists.
- Identification of Projects: The projects to be taken up for development under above scheme are identified in consultation with State Governments/UT Administrations and are sanctioned subject to submission of project proposals, their adherence to relevant scheme guidelines, submission of suitable detailed project reports, availability of funds and utilization of funds released earlier.
- Funding of projects: It varies from state to state. It is finalised on the basis of detailed project reports prepared by Programme Management Consultant (PMC) which is national level consultant for implementing the scheme.