The Assam government has formally launched the Asom Darshan scheme on 24-02-2020 under which Rs 710 crore will be spent to develop and publicize places of tourist interest and religious importance.
This program is designed to develop and publicise various places of tourist interest, including those blessed with natural beauty as well as those of religious or historical importance.
A budget of Rs 150 cr is allocated under Asom Darshan to improve infrastructure of 316 listed destinations. A fixed amount shall be provided to each place for construction of restrooms & providing clean drinking water & garbage disposal facilities.
The visionary Rs 710 cr Asom Darshan program has 4 components – Annuity grant to Devalayas; improving basic infrastructure of places of natural beauty and historical significance; improving key infrastructure in religious places; improved connectivity for visitors.
Among the 915 religious places which will get Rs 10 lakh for infrastructure upgrade are 459 temples, 186 satras, 123 naamghars, 47 mosques and 26 churches. All these institutions are more than 100 years old and in many of these places, lack of essential facilities have been creating a huge challenge and making experiences of devotees less than desirable.
The PWD will spearhead the initiative of improving the road network to these places at a cost of Rs 615 crore.