Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASAD)
Why in news:
- Recently President Droupadi Murmu inaugurated the ‘PRASAD’ project at the tourism facilitation centre in the pilgrim town of Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh.
- The hill town will get a pilgrim complex, amenities centres at
- Hatakeswaram and Sikhareswaram,
- a renovated Pushkarini,
- aesthetic illumination at the temple,
- laying of Krishnaveni Road from the bus station to Pathalaganga,
- an amphitheatre, a soundandlight show,
- digital intervention, parking areas, a toilet complex,
- souvenir shops, food courts, ATM and
- banking services with a total outlay of ₹48.03 crore under the project.
About PRASAD SCHEME:
- The Government of India launched the PRASAD scheme in the year 2014-2015.
- The PRASAD scheme falls under the administrative control of the Ministry of Tourism.
- This scheme focuses on developing and identifying pilgrimage sites across India for enriching the religious tourism experience.
- It aims to integrate pilgrimage destinations in a prioritised, planned and sustainable manner to provide a complete religious tourism experience.
- The growth of domestic tourism hugely depends on pilgrimage tourism.
- For tapping the potential of pilgrimage tourism, there is a need for holistic development of the selected pilgrimage destinations by the government along with the cooperation of other stakeholders.
- The PRASAD scheme aims at paving the way for the development and promotion of religious tourism in India.
- The corresponding State/Union Territory Government shall carry out the projects outlined under this scheme through the designated agencies.
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