SHIRDI FACELIFT TO BE FUNDED BY 3-STAR HOTELS ?
22nd Feb`2011 Strapped for cash, the Maharashtra state-run Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has come up with an ingenious scheme to fund Infrastructure projects in Shirdi. It will join hands with a private developer to construct 3-star Hotels for tourists and pilgrims in the temple town. The Money,thus, generated will be pumped into Infrastructure Projects in Shirdi, such as: a) 2-kms long Skywalk. b) Podcars. c) Travelators to ferry devotees to the Shrine. d) 3-kms of Footpath around Shirdi. e) Six Underpass. f) Nine Big Gardens. g) Widening of the 1.5-km stretch that passes through Shirdi. h) Two Multi Level Car Parks. MSRDC's chief engineer Subhash Nage said, "The Shirdi Sai Sansthan Trust is giving us two plots at Shirdi, we will enter into a joint-venture with a private developer who will construct 3-star Hotels on two plots along with a Multi-level Car park. The Hotel will be operated by the developer for a certain number of years as specified in the contract and will be handed over to the Temple Trust after the lease period is over.'' The total cost of this project is estimated to be around Rs.250 crore, to fund which the MSRDC usually collects toll from vehicles. But Shirdi being a pilgrim town and visited by lakhs of people every week, some of them quite poor, if a toll system is started, there will be large scale protests. Hence, MSRDC has decided to raise funds by alternative means. Currently,the infrastructure at Shirdi is very poor. On Weekends and Thursdays, the crowd swells up to 6-lakh, leaving the authorities praying even harder to god that nothing untoward, such as a stampede happens. The movement of devotees will get smoother once the infrastructure comes up, the official added. The Minister for PWD (Undertakings) Shri.Jaidutt Kshirasagar said that they have also received requests from many Corporates & Banks who are willing to fund these Infrastructure Projects in Shirdi, if they were given the advertisement rights of the Skywalks & other projects. The MSRDC and the Shirdi Sai Sansthan Trust is going to float a tender soon for one of the 3-star Hotels. Shirdi Sai Sansthan Trust chairperson Shri.Jayant Sasane said "We are in discussion with the MSRDC. The final modalities are being worked out." Source: http://www.mumbaimirror.com
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