To give a much needed facelift to the Hanuman Mandir at Yamuna Plaza in Civil Lines Zone, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi proposes to re-develop its surroundings to provide better services to visitors coming to the temple.

The proposal was also tabled at the MCD House meeting on Monday and was granted administrative approval and expenditure sanction by the civic body. According to the civic body, the project is expected to be complete before the upcoming Commonwealth Games here in October this year.

An MCD official said: “After inspection of the temple by the MCD Standing Committee chairman and the Engineer-in-Chief, the Chief Architect was requested to provide drawing plans along with specifications for the temple surroundings. These drawings were submitted last July and accordingly a preliminary estimate for Rs.1.94 crore was drawn up for the project.”

The proposal envisages provision of improvement of the courtyard with coloured granite flooring and quartz and red sandstone and improvement of the existing parking area as well as construction of a new parking lot to ensure adequate parking space for visitors.

The lump sum provision for seating, benches, dustbins, tree guards and display boards and electrical services such as electrical poles, shifting and removal of old electrical services have also been included in the project estimate. A guided temple entry and exit will also be created and new street furniture installed.

MCD House Leader Subhash Arya said: “This is a historic temple visited by thousands of people, so a need was felt to restore the area. Work on it will start soon now that the proposal has been given the final go-ahead and it would be completed before the Games.”

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