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MP plans to promote religious tourism

Madhya Pradesh tourism corporation has drawn up a plan to promote religious tourism by developing infrastructure at the places of religious importance in the state.

india Updated: Aug 06, 2008 12:38 IST

Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (MPTDC) has drawn up a plan to promote religious tourism among domestic travellers by developing infrastructure at the places of religious importance in the state.

"Besides focusing on attracting foreigners, the corporation has drawn up a plan to promote religious tourism in the state by developing quality infrastructure at the places of religious importance," MPTDC Chairman Dhruv Narayan Singh told reporters in Bhopal on Tuesday evening.

The Centre had recently sanctioned Rs 2.84 crore for developing tourist facilities at Hoshangabad, situated on the banks of Narmada, he said.

With this fund, tourist facilities and beautification work at several places in the town and also at nearby Bandrabhan will be carried out to promote religious tourism.

Union Tourism Ministry has already sanctioned funds for developing the banks of River Narmada in Hoshangabad under the Narmada Parikrama route. The work in this regard has been completed by the MPTDC, Singh said.

Besides, tourist facilities will also be developed at Chitrakoot, Orchha, Omkareshwar, Maheshwar, Maihar, Ujjain, Salkanpur, Baglamukhi Devi Temple (Shajapur), Kudeshwar (Tikamgarh) and Chamunda Devi Temple (Dewas).

The MPTDC is organising food festivals of various states at Bhopal and is planning to launch a three-month crash course on World Tourism Day (September 27), MPTDC Managing Director Ashwini Lohani said.