The tourism department officials said that state tourism department has sent proposals to develop infrastructure and connectivity to 12 such sites, for approval to the central government under the Buddhist tourist programme of the Union tourism department.
The state government has allocated around Rs 20 crore for the development of Buddhist sites in north Gujarat and Saurashtra in 2010-11. Dev ni mori, Vadnagar and Taranga hills will be developed in north Gujarat, while Rs 1.23 crore has been sanctioned for developing Buddhist caves in Talaja Bhavnagar, after the Dalai Lama visit.
State minister of tourism, Jay Narayan Vyas, had said in the recent Assembly session that apart from creating infrastructure facilities, Centre for Environment and Planning & Technology (Cept) has been asked to prepare a development plan for Talaja caves.
The excavations of Buddhist sites in recent years in Vadnagar, Sana caves, Khambalida, Siyot caves, Junagadh city Khapra Kodia monastery and Talaja caves will be documented along with Dev Ni Mori site near river Meshvo, said the officials.