GBC@IV to give push to religious tourism

  • | Monday | 19th February, 2024

Projects worth Rs 40,000 crore in Ayodhya, Mathura and Kashi will be launched during the fourth groundbreaking ceremony (GBCIV) at the Indira Gandhi Pratishthan in Lucknow on Monday. The three holy cities – Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Ram; Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna; and Kashi, the city of Lord Shiva – are places of great religious significance and hold a central place in the faith of crores of Hindus. In terms of religious tourism, these three locations are crucial for Uttar Pradesh. It is worth mentioning here that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has prioritised development of religious sites of Uttar Pradesh. Additionally, five other religious sites in the state are expected to witness the initiation of projects totaling Rs 86,000 crore on Monday. It is noteworthy that projects worth Rs 13,486.63 crore for Mathura will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday through GBCIV. The projects aim to boost employment opportunities on a large-scale. Mathura was given a target of Rs 15,000 crore investments. Similarly, Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Ram, is set to witness the initiation of projects worth Rs 10,155.79 crore. Following the consecration ceremony in Ayodhya on January 22, the city is set to attract significant investments in various sectors, including hotels, resorts and more on a large scale. Seeing the influx of crowds in Ayodhya, a large number of investment projects are sure to be started there in the coming days. Varanasi, the city of Lord Shiva, and the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will witness the launch of projects worth Rs 15,313.81 crore. A total of 124 investors will establish their ventures in Varanasi, providing employment opportunities for more than 43,000 people. Apart from the key religious sites mentioned earlier, significant investments are also planned for other religious places in Uttar Pradesh. Projects worth Rs 86,000 crore will take shape in eight religious places, including Chitrakoot, the penance place of sages; Kushinagar, the place of Mahaparinirvana of Lord Gautam Buddha; Tirtharaj Prayagraj, Sitapur famous for Naimisharanya pilgrimage and Mirzapur, the land of Vindhyachal and the place of worship of the goddess. Notably, projects worth Rs 1,152.38 crore will be launched in Kushinagar against the target of Rs 1,800 crore. Similarly, investment projects worth Rs 9,619.9 crore will be launched in Prayagraj. This will be crucial in view of the Mahakumbh in 2025. Additionally, projects worth Rs 7047.37 crore are going to be implemented in Chitrakoot, while Sitapur will see the launch of investment projects worth Rs 21,801.8 crore for the Naimisharanya pilgrimage area. An investment of Rs 7,358 crore will be implemented in Mirzapur district, famous for Maa Vindhyavasini Dham. Mirzapur was given a target of Rs 6,500 crore, against which it received investments worth Rs 7,358 crore, standing at 113.21 per cent.

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