Virendra Singh Rawat / Lucknow
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said India is witnessing a “cultural renaissance” in the 21st century under the leadership of prime minister Narendra Modi.
Presiding over a meeting here, Yogi observed UP is similarly witnessing a convergence of natural, cultural and adventure tourism following the untiring efforts of the PM.
Citing an array of religious and cultural projects in the state, the CM said these developments were symbolic of an emerging global identity of ‘New UP’ as part of ‘New India’.
“Concurring with people’s aspirations, the works in Kashi Vishwanath Corridor, Lord Ram temple in Ayodhya, Braj festival, Dev-Deepawali in Kashi, Vindhya Dham Corridor, Naimish Teerth, Shuk Teerth redevelopment etc are remarkable,” he underlined.
Meanwhile, to bolster the cultural and religious tourism agenda of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Yogi government will launch an online integrated temple information system.
The comprehensive web platform will provide detailed information about famous temples, their history and route map for the convenience of tourists and devotees. The CM has directed officials to operationalise the proposed integrated online system within 100 days.
He directed the tourism department to accelerate the work on 12 identified tourism circuits in the state viz. Ramayan Circuit, Buddha Circuit, Shaktipeeth Circuit, Krishna/Braj Corridor, Bundelkhand Circuit, Mahabharat Circuit, Sufi Circuit, Craft Circuit, Freedom Struggle Circuit, Jain Circuit, Wildlife & Ecotourism Circuit.
“All these circuits will give a new identity to tourism in the state,” he said, adding the government was committed to positioning UP as a leading cultural tourism destination by preserving, enriching and promoting its unmatched cultural ethos and milieu.
The government will constitute a board for the welfare of elderly saints, priests and seers. The religious towns of Prayagraj, Mathura, Gorakhpur and Varanasi will be branded as places of bhajan evenings.
Besides, the regional dialects will be preserved by setting up local academies to promote Braj, Awadhi, Bundeli and Bhojpuri.
The government will set up eco and rural tourism boards, while each of the 75 districts will witness the setting up of tourism and cultural boards.
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The state tourist guest houses will be run under the public private partnership (PPP) model, while heliports will be built in Lucknow, Agra, Prayagraj and Mathura towns.