CM unveils Rs 500 cr plan for Bhadrakali temple in Chatra
Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Saturday said Itkhori, a confluence site of three religions, is being developed as a world-class tourist destination at the cost of Rs 500 crore. The Chief Minister was talking to media persons after a review meeting of the Itikhori Tourism Development Master Plan organised at Dakbangla, Itkhori in Chatra district on Saturday.
Das said the Government is giving priority to the development of industry, agriculture, IT and tourism sector for the all-round development of the State. “Government is making State a world-class tourist destination by promoting cultural and eco-tourism. This will generate employment and end poverty,” he said.
The CM said that the entire master plan of the area has been prepared. “The world’s tallest (30 metre) Buddhist Prayer Wheel will be built in Itkhori, now there is a 26 metre high Prayer wheel is in Qinghaii of China. two river fronts Bhadrakali Ghat and Buddha Ghat will be constructed,” he said.
Das added a circuit will be constructed in Bodh Gaya, Kaleshwari and Itkhori. “The benefit from Foreign exchange will also come from foreign tourists. This will provide employment to local people. Work will start within two-three months. In this regard, the agency has been directed to make DPR. A ropeway of 1.6 kms will be built at Kalshwari Mountain with the cost of Rs 24 crore. Tender process will be started after forest and environment clearance,” said he.
Das said that the names of those people who have donated their land for beautification of the temples will be engraved in flagstones and they will also be honoured by Government. “The government is determined to eliminate poverty from the state by 2022. Government is working with keeping this thought in mind. It is getting support from all the office bearers of division, district and state. It has planned to cleanse the silt of rivers to stop the rain water from being wasted. With the help from political parties, social institutions and common people cleaning of rivers will start in April and May as mass movement; this will change the scenario of the whole area,” he said.
According to master plan gateway of Bhadrakali temple complex will be curvaceous towards the east. Two river fronts Bhadrakali Ghat and Buddha Ghat will be constructed. Multi-Purpose halls, cultural centres, information centers, auditoriums, museums will be constructed in the premises. There will be battery-powered auto form entry gate to Buddhist Stupa and Koteshwar Temple for travelling. Different roads will also be constructed for both the destinations. The area will be full of greenery. Food coats, parks etc. will also be made. Scenario of this area will change with completion of program. Chief Minister made a detailed tour of the entire area with DC and other senior officers and directed detailed directions regarding the master plan.
On this occasion, Chief Secretary Rajbala Verma, Development Commissioner Amit Khare, Tourism Secretary Rahul Sharma, Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Singh, Chatra, Superintendent of Police Akhilesh V Variyar, Deputy Development Commissioner Jishan Kamar and other officers of the district were present.
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