AGARTALA, Sept 8 - To boost tourism in Tripura, the state government has decided to construct 51 temples, which would be replicas of the 51 Shaktipeeths and has also started a helicopter service to Devatamura and Unnakoti hills, famous for rock-cut sculptures, an official said on Sunday.
The state government has already allocated 14.22 acres of land for construction of replicas of Shaktipeeths at Fulkumari in Gomati district, about 3 km from the Tripuresari temple, one of the 51 Shaktipeeths, the official said.
�There are 51 Shaktipeeths. Of the 51 Shaktipeeths, 38 are in India, six in Bangladesh, three in Nepal, two in Pakistan and one each in Tibet and in Sri Lanka. For common people, it is not possible to visit all the 51 Shaktipeeths. So, the Tripura tourism department has decided to construct the exact replicas of the Shaktipeeths near Tripuresari temple at Udaipur,� an official of the Chief Minister�s Office said.
�The tourism department has prepared a preliminary project report of Rs 44 crore for construction of the replicas of the 51 Shaktipeeths and has sent the proposal to the 15th Finance Commission for consideration,� he said.
The tourism department has also started a helicopter service for tourists to get an aerial view of rock-cut carvings at Devatamura in Gomati district and Unakoti in Unakoti district.
Tripura Tourism deputy director Abhijit Chakraborty said the helicopter service named Tripura Hawai Safar, launched on September 1, which would be available on Sundays only. It is a one-day programme in which travellers would visit Devatamura and Unakoti. Devatamura is a hill range, known for its rock sculptures on the bank of the Gomati river. Unakoti literally means one less than a crore. The place is a pilgrimage of Shaivites and famous for its 8th century rock-cut sculptures made of sandstone. � PTI