Eco Circuit: Pathanamthitta – Gavi – Vagamon – Thekkady project in Kerala
- Union Minister for Tourism will be inaugurating the project Development of Eco Circuit: Pathanamthitta – Gavi – Vagamon – Thekkadyunder the Swadesh Darshan scheme of Ministry of Tourism in Kerala on 17th February 2019.
- Swadesh Darshan scheme is one of the flagship schemes of Ministry of Tourism for development of thematic circuits in the country in a planned and prioritised manner.
- Under this scheme the Government is focussing on development of quality infrastructure in the country with objective of providing better experience and facilities to the visitors on one hand and on other hand fostering the economic growth.
- The scheme was launched in 2014 -15 and as on date the Ministry has sanctioned 77 projects worth projects for Rs. 6131.88 Croreto 30 States and UTs.
- The Ministry of Tourism recognizing the tourism potential of the State has sanctioned 7 projects in the State of Kerala under the Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD schemes for an approximate amount of Rs. 550 crores.
Swadesh Darshan Scheme
- Its objective is to develop theme-based tourist circuits in the country
- Tourist circuits will be developed on the principles of high tourist value, competitiveness and sustainability in an integrated manner
- They will be developed by synergizing efforts to focus on concerns and needs of all stakeholders to enrich tourist experience and enhance employment opportunities
- Under this scheme, 13 thematic circuits have been identified for development
- They are Buddhist Circuit, North-East India Circuit, Coastal Circuit, Himalayan Circuit, Krishna Circuit, Desert Circuit, Eco Circuit, Wildlife Circuit, Tribal Circuit, Rural Circuit, Spiritual Circuit, Ramayana Circuit and Heritage Circuit
- The scheme is 100% centrally fundedfor the project components undertaken for public funding
- It also leverages Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of Central Public Sector Undertakings and corporate sector.
- National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) to beautify and improve the amenities and infrastructure at pilgrimage centres of all faiths.
- Integrated development of pilgrimage destinations in a planned, prioritized and sustainable manner to provide complete religious tourism experience.
- Harness pilgrimage tourism for its direct and multiplier effects on employment generation and economic development.
Follow community-based development and pro-poor tourism concept in development of the pilgrimage destinations.
- Leveraging public capital and expertise.
- Enhancing the tourist attractiveness in a sustainable manner by developing world-class infrastructure in the religious destination.
- Creating awareness among the local communities about the importance of tourism for them in terms of increase in sources of income, improved living standards and overall development of the area.
- Promote local arts, culture, handicrafts, cuisine, etc., to generate livelihood in the identified places.
- Under the PRASAD scheme thirteen sites have been identified for development, namely: Amritsar, Ajmer, Dwaraka, Mathura, Varanasi, Gaya, Puri, Amaravati, Kanchipuram, Vellankanni, Kedarnath, Kamakhya and Patna.
Swadesh Darshan Vs PRASAD Scheme
- Under the PRASAD scheme the focus is on development and beautification of the identified pilgrimage destinations.
- Whereas, in the Spiritual Circuit identified under the Swadesh Darshan scheme, the thrust is on development of particular thematic circuit consisting of various religious/spiritual destination in a State and Union Territory.
Curtain Raiser on DRDO’S Participation in Aero India 2019
- As a prelude to Aero India 2019, DRDO in association with the Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) is organizing the 12th Aero India International Seminar during 18-19 Feb 2019 at Bengaluru.
- This year the theme of the seminar is Emerging Frontiers in Aerospace Technologies.
- More than twenty-four laboratories under different technology clusters of DRDO connected to the aerospace & aeronautics are displaying their products and showcasing their achievements.
- The participating clusters are – Aeronautical Systems, Missiles, Armaments & Combat Engineering, Electronics & Communication Systems, Micro electronics Devices & Computational Systems, Naval Systems & Materials and Life sciences.
- In the Indoor Pavilion scaled models of LCA-Tejas variants viz., Airforce Mark-1, Medium Weight Fighter, Naval Variants and also Trainer variants are displayed.
- In addition, scaled model of twin-engine stealth aircraft namely AMCA (Advance Medium Combat Aircraft) is being displayed with audio-visual effect.
- DRDO is also showcasing proven expertise in the field of Fighter aircraft Simulators design & development as well 360-degree immersive virtual experience kiosks and both these facilities will offer an insightful experience.
- The outdoor display includes the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, Limited Series Production version aircraft and Rustom-2 of 1:1 size.
- The highlight of DRDO’s participation at aero show is the aerial display of LCA Tejas by the 45th Squadron and flight display Airborne Early Warning & Control System (AEW&C).
- DRDO’s participation in Aero India – 2019 will definitely provide a platform for collaboration and evolve new opportunities to boost export of indigenous defence products.