MUSSOORIE, April 14
The Tourism Ministry Government of India has approved Rs 3923.64 lakhs for infrastructure development under Prasad Yojna for Badrinath Shrine with an objective to providing better facilities to pilgrims at Badrinath Shrine. The main objective of the project is to provide pilgrims darshan of Badrinath Shrine in minimum time so that they do not have to face any inconvenience during Yatra season. Under this project construction of new changing room, cloak room, restaurant, waiting room equipped with information centre, car parking in case of increase in number of tourists and a faith path is proposed to make the stay of pilgrims comfortable.
The secretary tourism Dilip Javalkar, the nodal officer for the project informed that Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board is the executive agency for the project. He assured that Badrinath shrine will become a favourite destination for the pilgrims in next two years. He said that the central funds will receive the funds in five instalments and a monitoring committee will be constituted soon which will submit report to the central government on monthly basis so that transparency is maintained. Under the project changing room near Tapt and Narad Kund will be constructed. The drainage construction and solid waste management plans are also incorporated in the project. The main attraction will be the Aastha Path the faith path under which a bridge over Bamni Nullah, primary health centre, dustbins and facility of lights on both side of the road is also proposed. Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj expressed his happiness and thanked the central government for the funds. He hoped that with the completion for this project the pilgrims will not have to face inconvenience and people will get relief during the rush of tourist during yatra season.