LUCKNOW: The revered Naimish Dham or Naimisharanya in Sitapur is up for a makeover, for which the state cabinet on Friday gave clearance to set up the Shri Naimisharanya Teerth Vikas Parishad.
The religious site will be developed on the lines of Varanasi, Ayodhya, Mathura-Vrindavan and the Maa Vindhyavasini Dham and the Parishad will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the project.
State urban development minister AK Sharma said the official notification for the Parishad would be issued soon. “The aim of setting up a parishad for Naimisharanya is to develop infrastructure to promote culture and tourism, particularly religious and spiritual tourism. Along with the religious site, the entire area will go through coordinated development,” a government spokesperson said. Currently, there are 36 villages under Naimisharanya with a total area of 8,511 hectares. This includes 11 destinations linked with the religious site.
Out of these 11 sites, four are in Hardoi and seven in Sitapur district. The entire circuit is 209 miles long or 84 kos. A total 36 villages will be brought under the Development Council.
The spokesperson said the council has been envisioned as a corporate body. Its chairperson will be the chief minister while the minister of tourism will be the vice-chairperson. The CM will also appoint the executive vice-president of the Council.
Its other members will include principal secretaries of the departments of tourism, housing and town planning, finance, culture, charitable work, urban development, transport, environment, forest and climate change and PWD, divisional commissioner and district magistrate of Sitapur, chief town and country planner and the executive officer of the Naimisharanya Nagar Palika.

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