Rs 595 crore allocated to enhance tourism and pilgrimage in Ayodhya
Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government on February 18 presented the Budget for the financial year 2020-21 in both the houses of UP assembly. A budget of 5.25 lakh crores has been approved by the council of ministers during the cabinet meeting. The budget was presented by UP’s finance minister Shri Suresh Khanna. Presenting the budget in state assembly, Finance Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna said the state government was committed to give boost to tourism sector in the state by developing pilgrim centres and tourist spots.
To enhance tourism and pilgrimage in Ayodhya, the Uttar Pradesh government has allocated Rs 500 crore in its budget 2020-21 for the construction of an airport in the temple town.
An additional Rs 85 crore has been allocated for the development of tourist infrastructure facilities and another Rs 10 crore for the renovation of Tulsi Smarak Bhawan.
In the budget, a provision of Rs 783 crore has been made for the Prime Minister’s Public Development Programme for Minority Welfare and Rs 479 crore has been allocated for madrasas and ‘maktabs’.
Speaking on the budget, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said besides fulfilling the aspirations of the people, the state government had also respected the faith of the people by allocating funds for development of pilgrim centres. “Funds have been allocated for the construction of an international level airport in Ayodhya. The pilgrim centre there will have air connectivity with other cities in the country and the state,” he added.
“Development of tourist and pilgrim centres will give thrust to the service sector in the state and pave the way for employment opportunity for the youth,”Shri Yogi said.
Government has already announced construction of a bus station, water transport facility, digital museum, river front development and cobble stone pedestrian path in Ayodhya.
Highlights of UP Budget 2020
–Rs 20 crores for Lucknow Civil Hospital
– Rs 12.50 crores for trauma centre
– Rs 919 crores for KGMU
Rs 820 crores for SGPGI.
– Rs 187 crores for Cancer Institute in Lucknow
– Rs 477 crores for Ram Manohar Lohia hospital.
– Rs 70 crores for district hospitals
– Rs 50 crores for the betterment of rural CHC
– Rs 65 crores for CHC centres
– Rs 97 crores for Medical College in Azamgarh.
– Rs 30 crores for hospital establishment
– Rs 309 crores for Etawah Medical College
– Hospitals to be built in newly created districts
– Medical college proposed in Hardoi
– 122 crore allocated to provide police with the latest technologies
– Rs 650 crores for non-resident buildings of Police Department,
– Rs 600 crores for police colonies
– Rs 300 crores for the police department in newly created districts
– Rs 122 crores for police up-gradation
– Rs 97 crore for Safe City Lucknow scheme and 20 crores for UP Police
Focus on religious places
– 85 crores for the development of high-level facilities in Ayodhya for tourism
– 500 crores for Ayodhya Airport
– 10 crores for Tulsi memorial building
– 180 crores for the establishment of a cultural center in Varanasi
Arrangement of 50 crores for promotion of tourism unit
– Arrangement of Rs 25 crore for water sports in Ramgarh Tal of Gorakhpur
– 200 crores given for Kashi Vishwanath temple
– Meerut, Ghaziabad, Firozabad, Ayodhya, Gorakhpur, Mathura-Vrindavan and Shahjahanpur will be developed as smart cities.
Focus on youth in the budget
– Rs 1200 crores for youth
– New training centres will open for the unemployed people for skill development
– Proposal to open Law University in Prayagraj
– Improvement in ease of doing businesses
– Proposal to organise two investor summits in three years
– Rs 60 crores for construction for Forensic Science Laboratory
Other highlights of the budget
– Rs 270 crores to Atal Residential School
– Rs 291 crores allocated for PM Matri Yojana
– Rs 1500 Crore to State Road Fund
– Rs 3524 crores for road maintenance
– Rs 830 crores for the core road network
– Rs 755 crores to the main district development
– Rs 210 crores for Bundelkhand fund
– Rs 3,300 crores allocated to provide water in Bundelkhand
– Rs 2080 crore to the Central Road Scheme
– Rs 2529 crore for the construction of bridges
– Rs78.3 crores to PM Public Development Program
This is the fourth budget of the Yogi Adityanath government of Uttar Pradesh, with a special focus on youth and women.