Raipur, December 14, 2014 (Online News India): Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation Dr Mahesh Sharma has announced that new initiatives will be launched on Suhshasan Divas on 25th December this year to promote tourism in the country. Dr Sharma was speaking to reporters at Raipur airport during his official visit to Chhattisgarh today. The Minister said that tourism will be used to fight terrorism and generate employment in the country. He once again emphasized the need for beautification, security and cleanliness of monuments and well-developed connectivity to boost tourism.
Dr Mahesh Sharma also held a meeting with the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Dr. Raman Singh in which several issues were raised related to promotion of tourism and culture in the state.
The Chief Minister requested the Minister to include the important historical site of Sirpur in the Buddhist circuit. The Union Tourism and Culture Minister promised that the Centre will seriously look into the demand to include Sirpur in its ambitious Buddhist Circuit project. He also assured that funds will be sanctioned for Sirpur site development especially for the construction of a museum. He also assured that the Rs 48 crores proposal will be sanctioned on priority for the 7 amphitheater projects in the state for which DPRs have already been sent by the state government.
The Chhattisgarh Chief Minister also requested that one more tourist circuit should be sanctioned to Chhattisgarh in addition to the Bastar circuit already sanctioned. He also proposed that an international Tribal festival should be held in Raipur. The State Tourism and Culture Minister of Chhattisgarh Ajay Chandrakar was also present at the meeting.
In the Civil Aviation sector, the Chief Minister raised the issues of upgrading Raipur airport into an international airport, the issue of Bilaspur airport as well as raising Jagdalpur as green field airport to which Dr Mahesh Sharma assured all possible help.
The Minister also sanctioned Swamy Vivekanand’s statue for Swamy Vivekanand airport of Raipur.
Earlier Dr Sharma dedicated the third aero-bridge at the Raipur airport to the nation. In the evening he attended as Chief Guest of the closing ceremony of Raipur Literature festival along with the Governor of Goa Mridula Sinha as the Guest of Honour.