Tripura got a total Rs 65 crore for development of Tourism for the financial year 2018-19 followed by Rs. 99.59 crore in the year of 2015-16. As much as Rs 25.9 crore remained unspent of the earlier allocation as only Rs 73.69 Crore was released from the centre for the projects, said Minister of State Tourism (independent charge) Prahlad Singh Patel in the parliament today while addressing the house in response of the questions listed by Tripura MP Pratima Bhowmik.
In her questions, Pratima wanted to know various project under progress to highlight the Tourism potentials of North Eastern states. She also raised queries regarding the Tourism Circuit and status of fund allocations for the development of Tourism in North Eastern states.
Earlier, funds were released to develop the tourism avenues in Agartala, Sepahijala, Melagarh, Udaipur, Amarpur, Tirthamukh, Mandirghat, Dumboor, Narkel Kunja and Gandacherra of Ambassa subdivision, the statement of the Minister reads. This time emphasis was given on Surmacherra, Unakoti, Jampui, Guanabati, Bhubaneshwari temple, Matabari, Neer Mahal, Boxanagar, Chottakhola, Pilak and Avangcherra, according to the report.
Moreover, he also informed the house that the government had earned a total of Rs 1, 94,882 crore through foreign exchange earning owing to the increasing tourist footfalls in the North Eastern states.
Replying to the questions, the minister informed the house that Ministry of Tourism Under Swadesh Darshan—integrated development of theme based tourism Circuits had sanctioned 16 projects in the North Eastern states. Under these projects the government was trying to assist the stakeholders and Tourism departments of the states for undertaking tourism promotion activities in national and international platform. ITM—International Tourism Marts were also being organized in the North Eastern states in order to showcase the tourism potentials of these states.