Centre gives nod to Rs. 91.72 cr pilgrim tourism projects in Kerala

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Trivandrum: In a major fillip to pilgrim tourism, Kerala has secured the Centre’s approval for a Rs 91.72 crores proposal to improve tourist amenities in 147 pilgrim centres of different faiths across the State. The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, has endorsed the proposal submitted by the State government in this regard, as part of the Tourism Infrastructure Development plan.

Stating that pilgrim tourism is a priority area for the State, Shri Kadkampally Surendran, Minister for Tourism and Devaswom, said a detailed project report on the scheme will be submitted to the Centre soon. “The government will be giving priority to the development of pilgrim tourism, considering the growing importance of this segment.”

The project will be implemented as part of the Pilgrim Tourism Third Circuit Development Plan, under which basic infrastructures in major Hindu, Muslim and Christian pilgrim centres in all the 14 districts will be created by demarcating them into seven clusters. Facilities for pilgrims, including restrooms, halls for serving foods, toilets and food stalls, will be built as part of the project.

In Kasargod, which comes under the first cluster, projects worth Rs 10.91 crores will be carried out while works totalling Rs 9.29 crores will be implemented in the second cluster comprising Wayanad, Kannur and Kozhikode districts. The third cluster, which has projects totalling Rs 9.03 crores, will benefit Palakkad and Malappuram districts.

Thrissur, Ernakulam and Idukki districts in the fourth cluster, where projects worth Rs 14.24 crores will be taken up while Rs 19.91cores has been earmarked for schemes of the fifth cluster covering Kottayam and Alappuzha districts. Pathanamthitta in the sixth cluster will get Rs 11.80 crores for various projects while Rs 12.16 crores have been set apart for the seventh cluster covering Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts.

The pilgrim centres in the project include Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple, Kasargod; Thirunavaya Nava Mukunda Temple, Malappuram; Valiyapalli Juma Masjid, Ponnani; Sri Visalakshi Sametha Sri Viswanathaswamy temple, Kalpathy; Thali Siva Temple, Pattambi; Paramekkavu and Thiruvambadi temples in Thrissur; Ayyappa Seva Sangham, Erumeli; Nainar Church, Kanjirappally; St. Mary’s Church, Chambakkulam; Marthoma Church, Thiruvalla; and Parabrahma Temple, Oachira.

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