Correspondent

Temple ‘prakaram’ to be built at a cost of Rs. 3.75 cr.

Rs. 3 crore queue complex for pilgrims to be constructed

CHITTOOR: The Government would be taking a decision shortly to develop the temples in the State in such a way as to attract large number of pilgrims. This in turn would create employment to locals and generate business in the surrounding areas, said Galla Aruna Kumari Minister for Medical Education and Health.

Speaking on the occasion of laying of foundation stones for the construction of a ‘prakaram’ for the Varasidhi Vinayaka Swamy temple in Kanipakam and the construction of a 100 feet road at a distance of one-and-a- half km from Kanipakam to Agarampalle, besides the opening of a full-fledged police station at Kanipakam, she said that the necessary infrastructure for this would also be put in place.

Cost

The temple ‘prakaram’ is being built at an expenditure of Rs 3.75 crore and the ‘gaali gopuram’ at a cost of Rs. 50 lakh with private donation by Adi Narayana Reddy of Nellore district.

The Kanipakam Vinayaka temple in Irala mandal popularly known as ‘pramanala devudu’ in has been attracting large number of pilgrims from across the country.

As such there was lot of scope for business to develop in region. District Collector Ravi Chandra assured his contribution to the development of the temple.

Superintendent of Police K . Lakshmi Reddy said the new police station was an absolute need for the region with swelling pilgrim numbers throughout the year.

Executive Officer and Joint Commissioner G. Kesavalu said that a queue complex would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 3 crore for pilgrims to have an orderly and easy darshan.

The Minister was felicitated by several associations and individuals on completing one year in the present portfolio.