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Inauguration of PRASHAD projects in Varanasi

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    17th Jul, 2021


In a latest development, various development projects in Varanasi have been inaugurated. The projects include

  • The operation of the Cruise Boat from AssiGhat to RajGhat under the Project “Development of River Cruise in Varanasi under PRASHAD Scheme”. 
  • The Tourist Facilitation Centre under the Project “Development of Varanasi under PRASHAD Scheme – Phase II”

What is PRASHAD scheme?

  • The ‘National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASHAD) is a Central Sector Scheme.
  • It is fully financed by the Government of India.
  • The scheme was launched by the Ministry of Tourism in the year 2014-15.
  • It was launched with the objective of the integrated development of identified pilgrimage and heritage destinations.
  • The scheme aimed at infrastructure development such as entry points (Road, Rail, and Water Transport), last-mile connectivity, basic tourism facilities, etc.

Ministry of Tourism

  • Founded in: 1967
  • The Ministry of Tourism functions as the nodal agency for the development of tourism in the country.
  • This Ministry is headed by the Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge).