Dynamism of religious tourism in UP: yogi-led development councils set up for Chitrakoot, Mirzapur


Continuing its policy of promoting religious tourism in the state, the Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Friday gave the green light to the formation of the Vindhya Dham Development Council and the Chitrakoot Dham Development Council.

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Ma Vindhyavasini Temple, Vindhyachal, located in Mirzapur district, is an important religious place for Hindus, while Chitrakoot is another important religious center.

The councils will be led by the CM who will be the chair, while Cultural Affairs Minister Neelkanth Tewari will be the vice-chair, a government spokesperson said after the meeting.

A state spokesperson said the councils will work to improve religious tourism in the regions and develop plans to promote it, based on their cultural and ecological heritage.

“This is done with the intention of creating jobs and developing the two places as world-class destinations,” the spokesperson said.

During the meeting, a proposal was approved to grant exemption from stamp duty and registration fees to the joint venture – Noida International Airport Limited – for the lease of land for the Jewar Airport project.

The Cabinet also approved a free allocation of 5,493 square meters of Nazul land to the Department of Culture for the development of the Dr BR Ambedkar Cultural Center in Lucknow.

In addition, a green signal has been given to a proposal to distribute free saplings to ensure that 30 crores of trees are planted statewide in 2021-2022.

The decision was taken with the aim of increasing farmers’ incomes and improving the environment.

“Of the 30 crore of plants, 10.8 crore will be planted by the forestry department, while 19.8 crore will be planted by different departments of the state government,” the state spokesperson said.