THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a latest move, the Centre has released Rs 30 crore to improve basic infrastructure and to develop the precincts of Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple. It forms part of the total Rs78.55 crore earmarked for this temple as part of the National Swadeshi Darshan scheme for development of spiritual and heritage circuits.

This central government supported project to develop infrastructure around the temple precincts is entrusted with the Nirmithi Kendra and Housing Board here and routed through the Union Tourism and Culture Ministry. Under the project, the temple executive officer is entrusted with the authority to ensure the project implementation. A high-level meet was held on Dec 5 last year by the central government officials involving all the stake holders including the then executive officer of the Temple, it was decided to complete the development works around the temple with a time frame set for completion by August 18, 2019.

“About Rs 30 crore has been released by the Centre for the development works in the precincts of Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple. While beginning the work, electricity overhead lines were found in the temple vicinity, it has to go down and for that electric cabling work is required. We have sought the support of State Electricity Board. The project is proposed to be completed in three years and it involves a lot of work,” Temple officials told TOI.

Temple administrative committee chairperson K Haripal said, the Centre has set aside around Rs 100 crore to develop spiritual and pilgrim centres including Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Sabarimala and Aranmula temple. “Work is around the periphery of Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple. It entrusted with Nirmithi Kendra and Housing Board, we will propose or request the State government to keep the Temple administration updated about the project work,” he said.

Of the total project cost of Rs 78.55 crore for Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Rs 30.27 crore is for the work at East nada entry of temple, Rs 10.63 crore for West nada, Rs 13.48 crore for North nada and Rs 21.56 crore for South nada and a contingency grant of Rs 2.28 crore.

Major works planned at East Nada include Rs 7.09 crore for restoration of Padmatheertham pond, Rs 7.5 crore for heritage walk footpath, Rs 5 crore for construction of bus stop, toilets and waiting shed, Rs 4.11 crore for electrical works, Rs 2.73 crore for street lighting electrification work, Rs 50 lakh for two bio-toilets and Rs 7.05 lakh for drinking water fountain.

Significant works proposed in the West Nada include Rs 14.3 crore for granite paving for Nambi pada and temple entry pathway, Rs 1.54 crore to construct storm water drains, Rs 1.03 crore for heritage walk footpath, Rs 4.11 crore for electrical works, Rs 1.28 crore street lighting electrification and Rs 3.53 lakh for a drinking water fountain among others.

In the North Nada of the temple, it proposes Rs 1.46 crore for storm water drains, Rs 2 crore for heritage foot path, Rs 4.11 crore for electrical wiring, Rs 1.39 crore for street lighting electrification, Rs 2 crore for hardware provision for security service to integrate with CCTV cameras and Rs 4 lakh for software component of digital museum and security. While, in the South Nada of the temple, the project proposes Rs 1.53 crore to construct storm water drains, Rs 3.51 crore for heritage walk footpath, Rs 4.11 crore for electrification work, Rs 1.36 crore for street light electrification, Rs 5.49 crore for solar panelling, Rs 3.53 crore for fort gates and wall restoration work, Rs 25 lakh to construct one bio-toilet and Rs 3.53 lakh for drinking water fountain.

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