November 6, 2018
Development of Kali Tirthas in Bangla
The Bangla Government, at the initiative of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has repaired, as well as built, several structures and provided several amenities at the Shakti Peeths of Tarapith, and Kalighat, along with Dakshineswar. All three places receive thousands of pilgrims every month, especially on religious occasions.
The Tarapith Rampurhat Development Authority was created by Mamata Banerjee. It has undertaken several developmental projects, worth Rs 150 crore in all. The roads, lighting, and drinking water and sewage systems inside the Tarapith temple premises have been repaired and modernised.
A welcome gate has been constructed at the entrance. Permanent homes have been constructed for sadhus at the famous cremation ground (mahashamshan). Special arrangements have been made for overnight stay of pilgrims. To prevent pollution, an electric crematorium has been built.
The Dakshineswar Temple Complex has also seen several changes. The latest is the futuristic skywalk, with escalators, elevators and shops inside, which was inaugurated by the CM on November 5. A modern ‘Bhog Griha’ capable of hosting up to 600 devotees has come up, and the kitchen and drinking water systems have also been upgraded. All these have cost Rs 5 crore.
The Dakshineswar Ghat, on the bank of the Hooghly River, has also been repaired. While she was the Union Railway Minister, Mamata Banerjee had announced the extension of the Metro Railway till Dakshineswar, work towards which is progressing.
The Kalighat Temple and its premises are also being repaired and modernised. Two skywalks, similar to the one at Dakshineswar, are being planned. Dudhpukur in Kalighat is being conserved.
The roads around have been widened and beautified and are regularly cleaned now. To enable people to view the temple from a distance, the shops around the temple premises would be adjusted. However, there would be no shutting down of the shops.