The Scheme for Integrated Development of Tourist Circuits is another Central Scheme of the Government of India.Under this central scheme, the Ministry of Tourism has been extending assistance to State governments for the development of tourism infrastructure.
Previously, these funds had been used to develop a large number of small isolated projects, spread throughout the length and breadth of the country. This resulted in resources being spread very thinly.Therefore, currently, the government identifies tourist circuits in the country on an annual basis, and develops the chosen ones accordingly.
Objectives of the Scheme for Integrated Development of Tourist Circuits
The aim of the Scheme for Integrated Development of Tourist Circuits is to provide within these circuits, infrastructure facilities such as signs, interpretation centres, wayside amenities, landscaping, development of parks and so on. All activities agreed to by the Ministry of Tourism will be funded on a 100 basis subject to a ceiling of Rs. 8 crores except, for refurbishment of monuments where the central assistance would be 66 per cent of the project cost.
The governments of States and Union Territories will be fully responsible for activities such as making the land available for development, implementing rehabilitation packages, managing assets and providing external infrastructure like water supply, electricity and roads.