This information was given by the Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in reply to a starred question in Lok Sabha today.
Replying to a supplementary, Dr Mahesh Sharma said that he would be visiting Odisha on 20th and 21st March to assess the infrastructure requirements. The Minister said that the holy city of Puri is included in the new scheme of the Ministry ‘PRASAD’ in which 12 religious and holy cities have been included for development.
Similarly, in the scheme of theme based tourist circuits ‘Swadesh Darshan’, the coastal circuit will benefit the coast of Orissa. The Budget for 2015-16 has made a special provision for developing Budhist circuits and the sites located in Odisha can also be included in the same, the Minister explained in reply to a supplementary.