Chandigarh, December 7 - Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mr Prahlad Singh Patel said that Kurukshetra was included in the Krishna Circuit under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme of the Government of India. The work of phase-1 of this scheme is almost complete. The government has now decided to develop 12 pilgrimage and tourist destinations in the districts of Karnal, Kaithal, Jind, Mewat and Panipat along with Kurukshetra under Krishna Circuit Phase-2 on the auspicious occasion of the International Gita Mahotsav, under which an amount of about Rs 100 crore will be spent on the beautification and development of these 12 pilgrimage and tourist places.

This was announced by Mr Prahlad Singh Patel in the presence of Member of Parliament, Nayab Singh Saini, Chairman, Haryana Tourism Development Board, Randhir Golan, MLA Subhash Sudha, at Kurukshetra today.

Earlier, the Union Minister first visited the Gita Sthal Jyotisar to inspect the development works under Krishna Circuit Phase-1. Later, he visited Sheikhchilli Tomb, Panorama, Sri Krishna Museum and Brahmasarovar. During this time, he got feedback report about the history and development work of all pilgrimage and tourist places and also interacted with tourists and children visiting Panorama and Shri Krishna Museum to know and see the history.

After reviewing the presentation of works done in Krishna Circuit Phase-1, the Union Minister said that in the first phase, an amount of Rs 97.34 crore are being spent on Jyotisar, Sannihit Sarovar, Brahmasarovar, Narkaratari and city development works. He directed to complete the remaining works at a accelerated pace. According to the directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and with the special efforts of Chief Minister Manohar Lal, Kurukshetra will be included in Krishna Circuit Phase 2 on the auspicious occasion of the International Gita Mahotsav.

He said that in Krishna Circuit Phase 2, about Rs 52 crore will be spent on the pilgrimages of Kurukshetra, about Rs 2 crore on the pilgrimages of Karnal, Rs 6.15 crore on the pilgrimages of Kaithal, Rs 19.50 crore on the pilgrimages of Jind, Rs 2.46 crore on the pilgrimages of Panipat, and about Rs 2 crore on pilgrimages of Mewat. Under this project, an expert team will visit Kurukshetra and other districts to prepare a complete plan so that the work of developing the pilgrimage can be started.