Under the National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) launched by the Ministry of Tourism in the year 2014-15 with the objective of holistic development of identified pilgrimage and heritage destinations, 24 sites have been identified for development.
After discontinuation of HRIDAY scheme of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and for inclusion of projects for development of Heritage destinations in PRASAD Scheme, the scheme guidelines have been modified and the nomenclature of the scheme has also been changed from PRASAD to National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASHAD) in October 2017.
The government will be spending Rs. 727.16 crore on these 24 projects and a total amount of Rs. 267.44 crores been released for these project during the years 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and the current financial year.
The government has decided to make Govardhan Teerth of Mathura into a world class destination. It has also been decided, in-principle, to include tourism amenities at Kusum Sarovar, Mansi Gate, Chandra Sarovar for development of facilities for pilgrimage in the project. In addition, provision for installation of CCTV, PA system, Wi-Fi system signages will also be included. The Uttar Pradesh State Government will be submitting a Detailed Project Report in this regard.