After cracking down on illegal slaughterhouses and liquor shops near religious sites, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has now shifted focus on making public facilities better at religious sites across the state.
At a late night meeting here on Wednesday, the Chief Minister directed officials to provide better public facilities including approach roads, toilets, rest houses, places to sit and drinking water near religious places in the state.
According to an official who attended the meet, Adityanath stressed on restarting the traditional and world famous ‘Ram Leela’ that was enacted in Ayodhya for several decades but was abruptly ended some years back. Similarly, ‘Bhajan Sandhya’ program at Chitrakoot and ‘Raas Leela’ at Mathura should also be run in the best possible manner.
He also asked officials of the Religious Affairs Department to ensure that approach roads to all Hindu religious places be constructed along with boundary walls to ensure their safety.
Setting a deadline of June 2018 for completion of the Rs 14.77 crore ‘Bhajan Sandhya’ venue in Ayodhya, Yogi said that it should be ensured that such places were well maintained and construction was done according to the best quality standards.
He also sought a timeline for meeting the June 2018 deadline for the Rs 13.75 crore ‘Bhajan Sandhya’ and ‘Parikrama’ venue at Chitrakoot.
Adityanath also called for restoration and beautification of ponds at these religious sites and immediate development of public facilities at the Brij Chaurasi Kosi Parikrama route.
Instructions have also been issued, an official said, to start ‘e-pooja’ and ‘e-donation’ facilities at the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Orders have also been issued for launching of a portal for online applications for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra and the Sindhu pilgrimage undertaken by the Sindhi community.
With IANS Inputs