Pune: Government officials have submitted a budget of Rs 110 crore to Mantralaya for development of five of the eight Ashtavinayak temples which are located in Pune district.
Ashtavinayak temples which includes eight Lord Ganesh temples are in Theur, Morgaon, Siddhatek, Pali, Mahad, Lenyadri, Ozar and Ranjangaon. Of these Theur, Lenyadri, Ozar, Ranjangaon and Morgaon are in Pune district. While Sidhhatek is in Ahmednagar district, Pali and Mahad are located in Raigad district.
The decision to develop these sites was taken by the government considering the footfall and sentiments of people attached to these temples. Deepak Harane, Regional Manager at Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) said that a meeting with officials from Collectorate, PWD and locals of the area was conducted while preparing the project report.
“Specific problems related to the access to roads, toilets, access to drinking water, encroachment, staying facility and vehicle parking, were noted. The budget will be used in providing these facilities to the devotees visiting the temples,” added Harane.
While Theur temple needs facilities for vehicle parking, toilet and stay, there is a need of good toilets at Ranjangaon temple.
“While the facility of staying at Lenyadri and Ozar is good, we can look for developing good staying facility at other Ashtavinayak temples. Similarly, there is no access to clean drinking water at these temples and hence, the funds can be used in providing clean drinking water,” added Harane.