The Durgiana Temple here will also get a world class plaza on the pattern of the one at the Golden Temple. The foundation stone the plaza is being laid by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, with Punjab local bodies minister Anil Joshi, on August 27.
A craft bazaar, food joints, a cart track, an open air theatre, a toilet block, a historical wall, a water body, a pergola, a pedestrian track, parking, light and sound shows, landscaping, beautification of the main entrance wall and four gates and uplift, restoration, conservation and illumination of the existing temple will be the part of the first phase of the project that is being executed by the Amritsar Improvement Trust.
Anil Joshi said they have got the design and architecture of the project created by a noted company, Engenius Studios Private Limited. He said the project would provide best facilities to the devotees and also attract tourists from other states and countries too.
The first phase of the project would cost around Rs 25 crore, said Sandeep Rishi, chairman of the trust, adding that the second phase, that is estimated to cost Rs 35 crore, would take around one-a-and half years to complete.
In the second phase, a multi-storey building will be constructed. A community hall, an auditorium, a dharamshala will be built on its different floors. Apart from this, a mural art installation will also be part of the second phase. World class equipment and technology will be installed under this project, said the chairman.
Senior engineer of the trust, Rajiv Sekhri, said the blueprint of the project, that would occupy approximately 3-acre land around the premises of the temple, has been prepared and after the foundation stone-laying ceremony, work will be in its full swing. He added that the tendering process has been kicked off.
The deputy chief minister is taking keen interest in the project and has conducted a number of meetings with the members of the temple management committee. Last month, he visited the temple to check the progress of the work.
On the other hand, a double-storey parking has been constructed at a cost of `30 crore on the land donated by the temple committee. A modern dharamshala is being constructed on this parking site under the new plaza project.
‘FOCUS ON QUALITY’
Temple committee president Ramesh Sharma said the new world-class project is commendable, but they are not satisfied with the quality of work of the newly constructed structure, including parking.
However, “We are hopeful about the new project as the deputy CM is showing interest in the project and ensuring its high standards,” he said, adding that Sukhbir had also given an assurance to complete the first phase of the project by December.
Prior to this, the slow pace of work had irked some members of the committee. Members also alleged that the work on the construction of the plaza and the beautification process were not being taken seriously by the administration.