JABALPUR: Giving a boost to efforts of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) in developing the existing ghat on Narmada river in Bhatauli village, a saint has donated his 2.5 acres land for beautification and expansion of the same.
The ghat in Bhatauli village was reportedly getting crowded in recent times, especially on auspicious days, given its proximity to the popular Gwarighat and Umaghat.
The JMC had decided to develop the ghat also because Bhatauli is close to the new railway station on the broad gauge railway enroute Jabalpur-Gondia (Mahrashtra). Besides, the village is now connected by road to the national highway 12A Jabalpur-Mandla.
Swami Pyarenand Saraswati, who resides in an ashram constructed in Bhatauli, has donated to JMC his 2.5 acres land that is close to the ghat. “I donated my land to the municipal corporation to provide maximum facilities to the pilgrims visiting the place,” Swami said, adding, “On religious occasions, the pilgrims, particularly women and children, face a lot of hardship when the ghat gets overcrowded.”
The JMC had requested the saint to contribute the land for the project, a public-private partnership.
Meanwhile, mayor Swati Godbole said that the municipal corporation will now take the help of landscape architects to retain the natural beauty of the ghat while carrying out development works. She said Rs. 1.65 crore was already sanctioned for the works to be undertaken in Bhatauli.