Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Sunday directed Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar to take up the development of Simhavahini Mahankali temple at Lal Darwaza and Afzalgunj mosque at a cost of Rs 10 crore and Rs 3 crore, respectively.

He took the decision following a representation submitted by AIMIM floor leader in the Assembly Akbaruddin Owaisi who called on the former at Pragati Bhavan here.

In his representation, Owaisi said despite its popularity among devotees, especially during Bonalu festival, the temple was facing severe problems due to lack of amenities and urged the State government to provide necessary land and develop amenities for devotees. Stating that the annual Bonalu festivities held in the temple had gained popularity across the world, the Chandrayangutta MLA pointed out that due to lack of adequate space, the temple campus could not be developed, which in turn was causing many problems to the devotees.

“Lal Darwaza Mahankali temple has more than a 100 years of history. But the temple complex is located in 100 square yards. Due to the narrow space, it is causing immense problems to lakhs of devotees visiting the temple. There is a need to develop the temple,” Owaisi said. He proposed development of the temple at Rs 10 crore.

Owaisi also wanted the State government to compensate owners of properties, which need to be demolished for road expansion in the area. He sought 800 sq. yards of land at Fareed Market to compensate owners of properties, which will be demolished.

Owaisi also requested the Chief Minister to sanction Rs 3 crore for renovation and repairs to Afzalgunj Masjid. He said several Muslims offer prayers here and due to lack of repairs, they too were facing inconvenience while offering prayers at this masjid. 

The Chief Minister responded positively to the legislator’s requests and directed the officials concerned to take necessary action.

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