Haryana strengthens infrastructure to promote religious tourism

The Haryana government said it is planning to strengthen its infrastructure to promote religious tourism related to Kurukshetra. The Haryana Tourism Department is reported to have decided to spend Rs 38.31 crore on the beautification of ‘Brahm Sarover’ and Rs 32.33 crore on ‘Jyotisar’ under various schemes.

Under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme of the central government, an amount of Rs 97.34 crore had been allocated for the ‘Sri Krishna Circuit’ out of which Rs 32 crore had been spent on the development of Brahma Sarovar, Jyotisar, Narkaataari, Sanniihit Sarovar and beautification of the Kurukshetra city.

Apart from the said works, lighting work around the main gate and on the periphery at a cost of Rs 5 crore, construction of seven toilets in the peripheral area, and four in the parking area at a sum of Rs 5.25 crore are also in the plan. A Rs 4.25 crore worth construction of seven main entry gates and floor area are also in progress. Similarly, construction of Rs 1 crore worth ghaats for women and the department is also spending Rs 2.10 crore for mural painting works. A laser media show is also developed at a cost of Rs 16 crore.

A Chakravyuh worth Rs 50 lakh near Brahmsarovar Satkar kitchen area in Krishna Market is also in the making whereas Rs 32.33 crore is allocated for the beautification of Jyotisar which will also have ghaats, administrative block, cafetaria and toilets at Rs 9 crore.

The department also has plans to construct a building on the theme of ‘Mahabharta’ worth Rs 13 crore around the shrine. ‘Sannihit Sarovar’ would also be beautified at a cost of Rs 5.45 crore under this scheme.