The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) said that the tourist turnout at Ajanta Ellora caves has gone up by 80 per cent. Tourist turnout increased from 10,000 on weekends last year to 18,000 this year.
This uptake is a result of the recent restoration and conservation project at this site which was done with a total investment of Rs 380 crore, said sources in the department.
The phase I of the Ajanta-Ellora conservation and tourism Development Plan (AEDP) went on from 1992 to 2002 and completed with a final expenditure of Rs 127.50 crore while the phase-II spanned from 2004 to 2013 with a progressive expenditure of Rs 214.18 crore against a budget of Rs 253.56 crore.
The project was funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) through the Union Tourism Ministry and was implemented by MTDC under the State Tourism department.
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