Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday approved a proposal for setting up a Sanskrit college over two acres of land at the Mansa Devi complex. Besides this Rs 4 crore project, Khattar also approved various other proposals for the temple, including increasing the area of temple ‘parikarma’ at a cost of Rs 70 lakh and installation of two elevators for Rs 1.5 crore besides construction of ramps.
During the meeting of the Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board presided over by the chief minister (CM) at Panchkula on Tuesday, the matter related to commemoration of 200 years of the temple’s foundation by organising a grand function in April 2016 was also discussed. The CM said seeing the footfall at the temple during Navratras, there was a need to provide more facilities to the pilgrims.
Talking about the Sanskrit college, he said it would not only give impetus to Sanskrit language, but would also train students for disseminating the language abroad.
The chief minister also directed the constitution of a five-member committee under the chairmanship of the Panchkula deputy commissioner for the inclusion of six bigha of land adjacent to Kali Mata Mandir, Kalka, into the temple premises.
On the proposal to engage an accounting supervisor, six accounting staff and six sweepers in the board, Khattar said that these employees should be engaged under an outsourcing policy till their regular appointment. He also approved the proposals for expansion of Kali Mata Mandir at Kalka, construction of Singh Dwar and construction of Shiv Mandir shed at a cost of Rs 5 lakh.
While approving the board’s current year budget of Rs 18.17 crore, the CM allocated Rs 1.02 for repair of internal roads. He also gave his nod to a solar energy project of up to 290-kilowatt capacity on the temple premises.
Khattar said the board should also participate in social works and its meeting would be convened every six months so that its activities and works could be reviewed.