The Centre is aiming to strengthen air, train and road connectivity to Bodhgaya and Gaya in Bihar to attract more tourists, said Rashmi Verma, Union Tourism Secretary. The central government official made the statement during a high-level meeting to review the development of tourism sector in the state with senior officials.
“The central government is committed to bringing Bodhgaya and Gaya on the international tourist map for which air, train and road connectivity are needed to be strengthened further to attract more tourists,” Arvind Kumar Singh, Member, Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC) quoted Verma as saying in the meeting.
Singh said that it was also discussed to increase the connectivity of Gaya with other airports such as Kolkata and southern states.
Besides, train services from Gaya to other cities of the southern part should be expanded, he said adding that the Gaya-Patna road (NH-83) should also be repaired.
Verma asked Bihar Tourism Secretary to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the development of other tourist spots at Bodhgaya and Gaya, Singh said.
The Hotel Association raised the issue of several Baudh Mahaviras being engaged in the hotel business and demanded that the state government impose professional tax after identifying such Mahaviras, Singh said.
The Union Secretary expressed her displeasure over the filth around the Vishnupad Temple premises and asked the officials concerned to launch a sanitation drive, he said.