Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Monday inaugurated Spiritual Circuit in Manipur under Swadesh Darshan Scheme at Manipur State Film Development Society, Imphal in presence of Union minister of state for tourism and culture (I/C) Prahlad Singh Patel.
Biren also inaugurated the Construction/Renovation of Tourism Infrastructure Development around Mahabali temple, Imphal East under NEC.
The Spiritual Circuit which consisted of five components namely Shree Govindajee Temple, Shree Bijoy Govindajee Temple, Shree Gopinath Temple, Shree Bangshibodon Temple and Shree Kaina Temple was developed, under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism, with a sanction amount of around 53 crore rupees. The state public works department was the work agency for the development projects.
The development of these temples is primarily aimed at harnessing pilgrimage tourism for its direct and multiplier effect upon employment generation and economic development by enhancing tourist attractiveness in sustainable manner.
It also seeks to promote local art, culture, handicrafts, cuisine etc.
Biren said the state government had been giving much priority for the development of tourism sector as the state was endowed with natural scenic beauty and it would be easy to bring up at the international level.
A review meeting was also convened earlier this morning to monitor the progress of development works being undertaken under Prasad Yojana (Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Heritage Augmentation Drive).
He also informed that the gentral government was very much concerned with the preservation of historical sites located in the state and had also given assurance to render any assistance for the development of such sites.
Prahlad Singh Patel congratulated the people of the state on completion of the Spiritual Circuit. He stated that although Manipur is a small state, it has rich culture, tradition and tourism potentials since time immemorial which are still not fully explored.
Asserting the importance of preserving our rich culture and traditions inherited from our ancestors, Patel stated that bringing them up would have a key role in maintaining peace not only in the state but also in the whole world.
The inaugural function was attended by agriculture, tourism, veterinary and animal husbandry minister Oinam Lukhoi Singh, water resources and YAS minister Letpao Haokip, education, fisheries and CADA minister Sorokhaibam Rajen, tribal affairs and hills, transport and GAD minister Vungzagin Valte, CAF and PD, law, Labour and employment minister Thokchom Satyabrata, MAHUD, social welfare and cooperation minister Okram Henry, MPs, MLAs, chief secretary and high ranking officials of the state.