GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Tourism 

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 2760
ANSWERED ON MARCH 21, 2013 

QUESTION
Development of Tourism in Karnataka 

2760. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR: 

Will the Minister of TOURISM be pleased to state:

(a)   whether it is a fact that Hampi in Karnataka has been identified by Government for development through Mega Tourism Project (MTP);

(b)   if so, the details thereof;

(c)    the Central funds so far released for this project;

(d)   whether Government proposes to include more destinations in Karnataka in MTP for their development; and

 (e)   if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE FOR TOURISM (INDEPENDENT CHARGE)
(DR. K. CHIRANJEEVI) 

(a) to (c): Yes, Sir. The Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned a Mega Project for ‘Development of Tourism Infrastructure at Hampi World Heritage Site in Karnataka’. So far the Ministry has released Rs.26.27 crore.

 Development and promotion of various tourism destinations & products, is primarily the responsibility of the respective State Government/Union Territory (UT) Administration. However, the Ministry of Tourism provides Central Financial Assistance (CFA) for tourism projects identified in consultation with them, subject to availability of funds, inter-se-priority and adherence to the Scheme Guidelines.

 (d) to (e): The State Government of Karnataka has submitted another proposal for Development of Tourism Infrastructure at the World Heritage Site Pattadakal and Badami/Aihole in Bagalkot District in Karnataka as Mega Circuit Project for grant of Central Financial Assistance. The project has not been sanctioned due to non-submission of Utilization Certificates by the State Government of Karnataka for CFA sanctioned by the Ministry of Tourism during the 10th & 11th Five Year Plan periods (up to 2010-11).