Rs. 53 cr PRASAD funds sanctioned for Simhachalam temple development

The funds are sanctioned for three proposed components--Rs.27.86 crore for Simhachalam foothills, Rs.18.22 crore for the temple complex and Rs.3.88 crore for pan area

By Author  |  Published: 30th Jul 2020  6:07 pm
Simhachalam temple development
File Photo: Simhachalam temple

Visakhapatnam: The Simhachalam hill temple with presiding deity Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swami will be developed with Rs.53 crore sanctioned by the Central Government under the National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD).

Minister for Tourism Avanti Srinivasa Rao on Thursday thanked the Centre and the state for sanctioning the funds and held a meeting with the temple officials to discuss the facilities to be created with the funds. The funds are sanctioned for three proposed components–Rs.27.86 crore for Simhachalam foothills, Rs.18.22 crore for the temple complex and
Rs.3.88 crore for pan area.

The Simhachalam foothills component includes renovation of steps at Madhavadhara temple to Simhachalam hilltop, pilgrimage facilitation halls at old Pushkarani choultry area, amenities centre near RTC complex downhill, bus complex-cum-amenities centre with entrance plaza at the entrance of the new ghat road, bund beautification of Pushkarani at the foothills and PVC prefab changing rooms at Pushkarani.

The works under Simhachalam temple complex include temple complex illumination with programmable LED, road widening, development of queue complex with brass grills, outer queue complex with steel grills, temple walls and facade renovation, temporary steel shelters for usage during festival times, an amphitheatre with a seating capacity of 500, audio visual rooms, AV content creation, complex with cloak rooms, locker systems for mobiles and valuable,s footwear stands, etc., and PVC changing rooms.

The pan area component includes a drinking water pipeline from Madhavadhara to Simhachalam uphills, 14-seater electric mini buses and charging stations and repair facilities, drinking water ATMs, CCTV and security control room at new entrance from BRTS road, landscaping and public toilets.

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