In a move towards setting up a proposed shelter for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra pilgrims in Ghaziabad, the principal secretary of Uttar Pradesh visited the site for the house in the city on Sunday and also conducted a physical inspection of the spot along with senior district officials.
Avnish Awasthi, special secretary, information, who also holds the charge of religious endowment and tourism departments, paid a visit to the site for the proposed ‘Kanwar Yatri Vishram Sthal’ (rest house for Kanwariyas) near River Hindon and adjacent to the Ala Hazrat Haj House.
“He arrived on Sunday morning for the physical inspection of the site. The visit came after I met the chief minister with several other MLAs in March and requested him to consider the place to be developed as the rest house for pilgrims of Kailash Mansarovar. We expect his visit will bring positive results and the chief minister will surely consider the land to be developed as a rest house for Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims,” Ashu Verma, city mayor, said.
Along with Awasthi, district magistrate Nidhi Kesarwani, GDA vice-chairperson Kanchan Verma, senior superintendent of police Deepak Kumar and other officials also took part in the inspection.
Earlier, in July, 2016, the municipality cleared a proposal for developing a rest house for Kanwar Yatris over approximately 8,125 square metres of land.
Following Awasthi’s visit to the site on Sunday, Ghaziabad municipal-commissioner also forwarded a proposal to the district magistrate and stated that the authority to make the land available free of cost rests with the
In his letter to the district magistrate on Sunday afternoon, municipal-commissioner Abdul Samad had requested the mayor to call a board meeting, so that the proposal for making the land available free of cost is put forward before the board.
After the chief minister took charge in March, he had announced the setting up of ‘Kailash Mansarowar Yatri Bhawan’ in Ghaziabad, Noida or Lucknow. Later, Verma and four Ghaziabad MLAs met the chief minister and forwarded a proposal for the facility to be developed in Ghaziabad, as the land was already available.