Guj govt to renovate famous pilgrim places

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Ahmedabad, Aug 11 (UNI) In order to attract more tourists and provide them with better facilities, Gujarat government is implementing a Rs 100 crore ambitious plan to modernise famous pilgrim places in the state.

Speaking to mediapersons here today, State tourism minister Jay Narayan said under the plan, Ambaji Shakti peeth in Banaskantha will be given a facelift at the cost of around Rs 22 crore. Gabbar Hill in Ambaji will have a new and sophisticated ''parikrama'' path (2.3 km) which will be dotted with resting places and facility for drinking water. The climb and walkway will also be made less hazardous.

He said the whole planning is environment-friendly. The caves and other such natural spots will not be disturbed during the construction of the path. Gabbar Hill parikrama gives a breathtaking view at some places. All such places will be given a new look so that the thrill of the view is enhanced, he said.

Mr Narayan said the project will cost around Rs 22 crore. In coming weeks, the temple will have state-of-the-art lighting system at the cost of around Rs 77 lakhs.

Every year, more than one crore pilgrims visit Ambaji Shakti peeth, including 20 lakh people on Purnima day of month of Bhadrpad.

The arrangement will be made to ensure that no stampede takes place and all the pilgrims can have the darshan without any delay and hassle.

Mr Narayan said another pilgrim centre--Chotila in Saurashtra will be given a facelift at the cost of Rs two crore.

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