Kolkata, Oct 27 : With an initiative of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the West Bengal Government has repaired as well as built, several structures and provided several amenities at the Shakti Peeths of Tarapith, Kalighat and Dakshineswar.
All three places receive thousands of pilgrims every month, especially on religious occasions. The Tarapith Rampurhat Development Authority was created by Ms Banerjee. It has undertaken several developmental projects, worth Rs 150 crore in all.
The roads, lighting, drinking water and sewage systems inside the Tarapith Temple premises have been repaired and modernised.
A welcome gate has been constructed at the entrance. Permanent homes have been constructed for sadhus at the famous cremation ground (mahashamshan).
Special arrangements have been made for overnight stay of pilgrims. To prevent pollution, an electric crematorium has been built. The Dakshineswar Temple Complex has also seen several changes. The latest is the futuristic skywalk, with escalators, elevators and shops inside, which was inaugurated by the chief minister last November.
A modern ‘Bhog Griha’ capable of hosting up to 600 devotees have come up, and the kitchen and drinking water systems have also been upgraded. All these have cost Rs 5 crore.
The Dakshineswar Ghat, on the bank of the Hooghly River, has also been repaired. Work towards the extension of the Metro Railway till Dakshineswar, which Ms Banerjee had announced while she was the Railway Minister, is progressing. The Kalighat Temple and its premises are also being repaired and modernised. A state-of-the-art skywalk has been planned for the easy movement of devotees. Dudhpukur in Kalighat is being conserved.
The roads around have been widened and beautified, and are regularly cleaned now. To enable people to view the temple from a distance, the shops around the temple premises would be adjusted. However, there would be no closure of the shops. Meanwhile, like every year, Ms Banerjee inaugurated several Kali Pujo across Kolkata and Siliguri.
She started the Kali Pujo inaugurations this year at Biplab Smriti Athletic Club Kali Pujo in Pradhan Nagar, Siliguri. This is the first time she inaugurated a Kali Pujo in north Bengal.
In Kolkata, she inaugurated the Five Star Sporting Club Kali Pujo, Girish park; Jan Bazar Sammilito Kali Pujo, SN Banerjee Road; Youth Friend Kali Pujo, Shakespeare Sarani; Venus Club Kali Pujo, 64 Harish Mukherjee Road, Kalighat. Speaking at various Pujo pandals, the Chief Minister gave a message of communal harmony and peace. She maintained that religion is personal but festivals are universal. (UNI)