Applauds all for well done works in the Simhastha city
Ujjain : Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan inaugurated works worth more than Rs 654 crores in the city here on Wednesday.
World’s biggest religious congregation Simhastha will be held at Ujjain from April 22 to May 21. To ensure its success and security, the State government is making elaborate arrangements and large-scale preparations. Most of the works are of permanent nature, which are major gifts for Ujjain.
Rudra Sagar becomes divine
The CM praised all the beatification works made in the city and lauded the efforts of authorities and administration. Developing a new system the authorities had appointed the contractors and sub engineer of every development works at dedication site. The reason cited was that if the CM raises any query it should be answered by the working men. Another strategy that was visible in the visit of CM was its silence. The route was such planned that it avoids the interaction with public and does not interfere with denizen’s routine life. Also almost at every dedication/inaugural site stage were created with public address system, but the chief did not utter a single word at any of them. He inaugurated the newly adorned Rudra Sagar where he once had participated in the cleaning drive of the pond. Months ago the pond was filled with sewage and garbage and during the cleaning drive the CM had pledged to transform the spot into a heritage one, which he did on Wednesday. It is noteworthy that the CM had launched a campaign for preservation and beautification of Rudra Sagar by de-silting it through voluntary labour on February 14, 2015. Now, the area has acquired a new look. Rudra Sagar situated behind Mahakal Mandir has now become a tourist attraction. He dedicated works worth Rs 39 crore at Rudra Sagar. The works include Rs 7.44 crore for preservation and beautification of Rudra Sagar, beautification of Ranoji Ki Chhatri and lightings at Ramghat worth Rs 3.14 crore, CC road from Harsiddhi Madir to Lal Pul trisection via Narsing ghat, widening of Hari Phatak over bridge and newly constructed bridges at Dutt Akhada etc worth Rs 11.20 crore.
e-rickshaws and bridges dedicated
Prior to this the CM dedicated 59 Simhastha related works worth Rs 295 crore at Pipe Factory Chowk. These included 3 works worth Rs 111 crore undertaken by Bridge Division of Public Works Department (PWD), one work worth Rs 71 crore by Road Development Corporation and 55 works worth Rs 113 crore by PWD. At Pipe Factory Chowk, the Chief Minister also flagged off e-rickshaws to be plied in Ujjain city in view of Green Simhastha. On district administration’s initiative, so far 457 cases have been referred to banks under Mukhyamantri Swarozgar Yojana. Of these, 115 e-rickshaws have been distributed. The Chief Minister drove an e-rickshaw for some distance after flagging off of the vehicles.
Network of culverts and small bridges
The Chief Minister dedicated 4 bridges and 2 roads at Chakratirth, culvert connecting Ramghat with Dutt Akhada, renovation and central lighting on 4-lane Mangalnath road. He further inaugurated a bridge worth Rs 5.57 crore over Peeliya Khal nullah from Mangalnath to Kamed Road. It will facilitate devotees from Agar and Maksi. He also dedicated newly constructed bridge over Kshipra River worth Rs 9.81 crore between Okhleshwar Ghat to Vikrant Bhairav Mandir, bridge parallel to Kshipra Setu worth Rs 8.51 crore, additional bridge next to Chakrtirth and newly constructed bridge over Kshipra between Rinmukteshwar and Ranjit Hanuman Road. The Chief Minister inaugurated 4-lane road from Ramghat to Mullapura worth Rs 4.95 crore, 4-lane CC road with central lighting worth Rs 19.26 crore from Makodiyaaam Khak Chowk to Mangalnath and culvert from renovated Ramghat to Dutt Akhada. Before dedication of works, the CM planted a sampling of Triveni at Sunahari Ghat on the banks of Kshipra. He also inspected condition of Kshipra from riverbank.
12 works for drinking water
The Chief Minister dedicated 12 works for drinking water worth Rs 41.89 crore at Gaughat water treatment plant. With this, water supply capacity to Ujjain city has doubled. From it, 161 MLD water will be supplied daily during Simhastha. It is noteworthy that the 500 and 150 mm diameter DI pipelines have been laid from Gaughat water treatment plant to Triveni worth Rs 11 crore. Even after Simhastha, water from Narmada-Kshipra Link Project will be used due to which Ujjain city will not face drinking water problem in future. The Chief Minister inaugurated Varunalaya water treatment plant and related works worth Rs 6.17 crore, overhead tank at Gudari to be filled through Gaughat water treatment plant, laying of 500 mm diameter pipeline worth Rs 1.74 crore and renovation and up gradation of water treatment plants and pumping stations worth Rs 4 crore. He also dedicated 8 MLD capacity Jalpeshwar water treatment plant worth Rs 5.40 crore, overhead tank at Garh Kalika worth Rs 74.90 lakh laying of pipeline from Varunalaya water treatment plant to Chintaman Ganesh and 150-kiloliture 15 metre high overhead tank worth Rs 1.57 crore and upgradation of existing water treatment plant at Undasa worth Rs 1.75 crore. The Chief Minister also dedicated 500 kiloliter capacity overhead tank and laying of 300 mm diameter pipeline in Mangalnath area worth Rs 1.97 crore, 250 kilolitre overhead tank and laying of 2500 mm diameter pipeline worth Rs 81 lakh in Ujadkhera Badnagar Mela area, laying of 500 and 150 mm diameter DI pipelines from Gaughat water treatment plant to Triveni worth Rs 11 crore, construction of 12 metre diameter and 20.50 metre deep intake well on Gambhir river worth Rs 4.36 crore, new sump-well of 885 kilolitre capacity, pump house and sub-station near Bhairavgarh overhead tank in Simhastha Mela area. After dedication, the Chief Minister also inspected the water treatment plant. The Chief Minister also dedicated Jay Singh Pura alternative road worth Rs 39.18 crore on Chintaman Ganesh road.
Heritage names of ghats & bridges nowhere to be seen
The initiative of local administration to change the names of newly constructed bridges and ghats to heritage one’s appeared to be a failure as no such names were visible in any of the inaugural/dedication stones, dedicated to public by CM on Wednesday. A committee of scholars was created on initiative of Chairman Central Simhastha Fair Organising Committee Makhan Singh, which researched on mythological and cultural history linked names for the 13 new bridges and 28 ghats. Some of the names included Kshipra-Rewa sangam for Triveni ghat, new bridge of Khan river as Ahilya Setu, Krishna Setu and Sudama setu were the names finalised by the scholars. But on the grand inaugural ceremony of Wednesday none of the heritage names were visible or were documented.
Ujjain will be world attraction
I naugurating the newly constructed Ujjayini Hotel of MP Tourism the CM said his vision of developing Ujjain as religious hub, is on way of completion and this Simhastha will take Ujjain to new heights on global level. CM said that a resolve is being fulfilled, a dream is coming true. Ujjain is being developed as a city of everyone’s dream in unique and unparalleled way. In view of Simhastha, state government had started preparations for Simhastha before assembly elections. No stone has been left unturned to ensure success of this religious and spiritual event in this Holy City dotted by unique places.