RS.6 CRORE GRANT SANCTIONED FOR TOURISM @ SHIRDI -
12th May`2011 The Maharashtra State Government has sanctioned Rs.6 crore for developing Shirdi as a Pilgrim Tourism centre and has also asked the Shirdi Nagar Panchayat to prepare a plan for creating various tourism facilities at the Pilgrim Town. At the request of Shirdi's Local MP Bhausaheb Wakchaure, the Tourism Minister Chhagan Bhujbal has sanctioned Rs.6 crore for creating various tourism infrastructural facilities around Shirdi. During the BJP-led NDA government's regime, the then Deputy Prime Minister L.K.Advani had sanctioned a package of Rs.100 crores for development of Shirdi as a Pilgrim Centre,but only part of this fund was utilised for Water Supply & Drainage projects and most of the remaining amount was returned to the Centre.And so this time, the people of Shirdi don't want this sanction of Rs.6 crore also to end up in the same manner being returned to the Govt,and are hoping for it's full-n-proper utilization for Tourism infrastructural facilities around Shirdi.The State Government had also sanctioned Rs.2 crore,for the development of the Bhandardara Dam area in neighbouring Akole taluka as a tourism site. Most of this fund has not been spent to this day. Shri.Wakchaure has demanded that the fund be utilised for providing various tourism facilities. Wakchaure said that there was a large scope to develop pilgrim tourism in Shirdi Lok Sabha constituency, which also includes Agasti Ashram on the bank of the Pravara river and the town of Newase in Ahmednagar District,where Sant Dnyaneshwar penned 'Dnyaneshwari'.
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