Delhi launches heritage promotion scheme in budget

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The Delhi government has introduced a heritage promotion scheme in its annual budget seeking to brand the national capital as a tourist destination.

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the finance portfolio, while presenting an INR 69,000-crore budget for year 2021-22, said INR 521 crore has been allocated in 2021-22 for the implementation of schemes, programmes and projects of the sectors of tourism, art and culture.

“For the promotion of tourism, the government is introducing two new schemes titled the ‘Delhi Heritage Promotion’ and ‘Delhi Tourism Circuit’. In order to brand Delhi as a tourist destination, a scheme had been proposed last year which could not be implemented due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is proposed for this scheme to be implemented this year,” he said.

A new scheme has been proposed to ensure the safety of women at tourist spots. This includes measures such as installation of CCTV cameras at entry points of all tourist spots, lighting up of dark spots with LEDs, and posting of uniform clad guards at all tourist spots under the Delhi tourism department, facility of mobile vans at various tourist sites, and INR 5 crore has been proposed in the budget towards this, Sisodia said.