Bihar CM Nitish`s love for heritage takes him to Vaishali

Last Updated: Saturday, January 16, 2010 - 19:14

Vishaligarh (Bihar): Known for his love for
the country`s heritage, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
chose to visit Vaishaligarh in Vaishali district, after his
Rajgir trip, where he said he would take up with the Centre
the issue of development of the area as “key tourist
attraction”.

After his four-day sojourn to Rajgir where he had held a
special cabinet meeting on the Ratnagiri hills near Buddha
Stupa last month, Kumar went to Vaishaligarh, 65 kms from the
state capital, on Saturday where he visited the world famous
Mauryan age Ashokan Pillar and saw the remains of the Raja
Vishal Ka Garh at Vaishali.

Kumar also visited Kolhua Basokund the birthplace of lord
Mahavir and Vishwa Shanti Stupa housing the relics of Lord
Buddha and the museum and laid foundation stone for sports
complex worth Rs 7 crore and rennovation of Abhishek
Puskarni.

Later, he went to Chakwara village and met the farmers
who were engaged in developing seeds where he relished “Phulgobhi halwa (porridge of cauliflower) and bhujia with
scented nenua.”

Talking to reporters, he said he would take up the issue
related to development of the area as “key tourist attraction”
with the Centre and ask for deputation of a team of
archaeologists for further excavation.

Kumar said he had asked the Tirhut division commissioner S
M Raju to prepare a plan for developing the areas and
protection of national monuments.

“I will ensure budgetary support for the development
projects in the areas,” he said.

The chief minister said his government would also help
the farmers of the area engaged in processing seeds and the
quality would be examined by the senior scientists from the
Rajendra Agriculture University (RAU).

“Our prime responsibility is to protect national
monuments and country`s heritages,” he said, adding the state
government was buoyed with the response from foreign tourists
wanting to visit the areas.

Against reports of one lakh foreign tourists coming to
Bihar till last year, the figure had risen to 3.5 lakh so far
this year, chief minister said.

``We have to strive hard to further increase the
infrastructure in the tourist areas to ensure their enhanced
inflow of tourists, particularly foreigners,`` Kumar said.

He said he would unveil several schemes for the areas
during his stay till Monday.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, January 16, 2010 - 19:14

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