Rs 6 crore grant for Shirdi

The state government has sanctioned Rs 6 crore for developing Shirdi as a pilgrim tourism centre and has also asked the Shirdi Nagar Panchayat to prepare a plan for creating various tourism facilities at the pilgrim town.

Local MP Bhausaheb Wakchaure had sought special funds for Shirdi at a meeting with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in Mumbai in February.

Tourism Minister Chhagan Bhujbal has now sanctioned Rs 6 crore for creating various tourism infrastructural facilities around Shirdi.

During the BJP-led NDA government’s regime, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani had sanctioned a package of  Rs 100 crores for  development of Shirdi as a pilgrim centre. Some of this fund was utilised for water supply and drainage projects and most of the remaining amount was returned to the centre.

The state government had also sanctioned Rs 2 crore for the development of the Bhandardara dam area in neighbouring Akole taluka as a tourism site. Most of this fund has not been spent to this day. Wakchaure has demanded that the fund be utilised for providing various tourism facilities.

Wakchaure said that there was a large scope to develop pilgrim tourism in Shirdi Lok Sabha constituency, which also includes  Agasti Ashram on the bank of the Pravara river and the town of Newase, where Sant Dnyaneshwar penned ‘Dnyaneshwari’.

(Source:  http://www.sakaaltimes.com/SakaalTimesBeta/20110512/5471903530389625213.htm)

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