#Jammu || The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, has sanctioned Rs 11.61 crore for developing Suchetgarh as a border tourism destination under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme.
This was said by the minister in charge, Home, in a written reply to a question raised by Ajatshatru Singh, BJP MLC, in the Legislative Council recently, seeking the status and details regarding the development of Suchetgarh as a border tourism destination.
The minister in charge said the Suchetgarh border was being developed on the lines of Wagah border in Punjab for which nine development projects had been taken up under different heads.
He said 60 per cent of the work had been completed for the construction of a multi-purpose hall with souvenir shops and restaurants, for which Rs 90 lakh had been earmarked. Restoration of pre-Independence railway platform in Frontier Express Theme-cum-Museum and Gallantry Gallery would be taken up at a cost of Rs 150 lakh after the shifting of the administration block, which is being occupied by the security forces at present.
The work on a tourist vehicle parking lot costing Rs 60 lakh was in progress and the work on internal pathways, landscaping and plantation with solar irrigation systems costing Rs 75 lakh had been allotted, said the minister in charge.
He said the remaining works costing Rs 82 lakh, which included rainwater harvesting, filtration overhead water reservoir, security cabins, solid waste management and eco-awareness informatory signage, had also been allotted.
The work on toilets (six for women and six for men) with changing rooms costing Rs 35 lakh was at the completion stage, he maintained. The minister in charge said the development of tourism in the Suchetgarh circuit was announced by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, at a cost of Rs 6.69 crore during the year 2011-12 under the Infrastructure Destination Circuit Scheme.