Demolitions in Varanasi reveal ancient temples


November 14, 2018

VARANASI: Ancient temples with architectural marvels are being recovered during demolition of buildings for the Kashi Vishwanath temple corridor project. The structures being recovered during demolition are in such large numbers that a decision for developing corridor area as a complex of ancient temples has been included in the detailed project report (DPR) of the project.
The DPR of Kashi Vishwanath temple corridor indicates that the expanded premises of Kashi Vishwanath may include a complex of ancient temples with architectural marvels. The DPR will be presented before chief minister Yogi Adityanath when he visits the city on November 23 for Dev Deepawali celebrations on Karthik Purnima. After the state cabinet’s approval of DPR, work on the corridor is expected to begin by December.

Talking to TOI on Sunday, KVT chief executive officer Vishal Singh disclosed that the Ahmedabad-based company which has been assigned the project has almost finalised the DPR of the project.
“We have planned a presentation of DPR before the CM on November 23 night. It will be then forwarded for cabinet approval. After approval, the work is expected to begin by December 12,” Singh said.
The demolition of purchased buildings has been scaled up and is being done manually as taking bulldozers inside the proposed corridor will be possible only after removing some buildings along main road, he said.

Mentioning the recovery of a temple of Samudragupta era, which had been completely hidden by walls to construct a house with toilet on its top, near Manikarnika Ghat, Singh said that 43 structures, including ancient temples, library and buildings of architectural importance, have been identified for preservation during demolition.
On November 13, the state cabinet approved the proposal of purchasing 130 more buildings identified in the second phase after which the temple authorities geared up the process of purchasing buildings between Kashi Vishwanath Temple and ghats along the Ganga.
According to Singh, 175 of total identified 296 buildings have already been purchased of which around 40 have already been demolished while work is in progress on 60 others.
Yogi government had sanctioned Rs 600 crores for the project after its approval in December 2017. The government had to tackle the issue of rehabilitation of tenants and shopkeepers affected in the process of purchasing 296 buildings and preservation of ancient temples, library and buildings of architectural importance.
Completion of this project will pave way for easy accessibility to KVT from the banks of river Ganga. The pilgrims will be able to reach KVT through Manikarnika, Jalasen and Lalita Ghats, while the Chhattadwar point will be opened for entry of vehicles. The main reception, police security system, ticket counters for aarti and prasad bookings will also come up there.

Source : Times of India



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