Mumbai, June 11: The famous Mahalaxmi temple and the Banganga Temple area of Mumbai will be reincarnated. In this context, recently a meeting was held with the officials of the concerned department in the Mantralaya under the Chairmanship of Industries Minister and Guardian Minister of Mumbai Subhash Desai. On this occasion, the proposed reforms in the temple area were reviewed.
More than 10 thousand devotees come to the Mahalaxmi Temple complex every day for Darshan. The number of pilgrims coming here in Navratri festival is more than one lakh per day. The basic amenities to be available to the pilgrims coming here , were discussed in today’s meeting.
To build the hall for the devotees, construction of waiting hall, to set up shoes and slippers stand, making of accelerator stairs, strengthen the wall to prevent encroachment, widen the path of going to the temple, besides this to appeal the Coastal Road Administration to construct roads towards coastal area , to construct roads for the devotees who come to the temple for Devi Darshan to enter and to exit. All these points were discussed .
On this occasion it was discussed to relocate the the eligible huts from the beach side. The work of bringing shops in a queue in the temple complex is to be done, the fund for this will be provided by the Mumbai Municipal Corporation. The Trustees agreed to the reconstruction of existing toilet facilities.
Apart from this, instructions for removal of encroachment in Banganga Mandir area with the help of Archeology Department, Municipal Corporation, Police Administration and District Administration were given on this occasion. On this occasion, it was informed that the Archeology Department should deploy a strong security system to stop further encroachment.
Since Banganga is a pilgrimage, therefore, instructions have been issued for the restoration of the temple, and to start construction of boundary wall, roads and cleaning work. Apart from this, water purification of Banganga lake will be done. For this, the officers of the concerned department were instructed. The information wad provided about beautification of this area to be done by RPG Foundation and to cancel illegal electricity connections in the slums constructed by encroaching in Banganga Lake area.
On this occasion, representatives of Mumbai Municipal Corporation, District Collector Shivaji Jondhale, officials of Archeology Department, specialists of Archeology Architecture Preservation field , Architecture Specialist Mrs. Abha Lamba and representatives of Banganga and Mahalaxmi temple trust were present.