The Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Ujjain should become the best pilgrimage city of the country. Town and country plan of Ujjain city will be developed in line with most famous temples of the country. The Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed these views while laying foundation stone for 12 components of worth Rs 47.39 crore to be constructed in first phase in Mahakal heritage area under JNNURM project. On this occasion, district In-charge Minister Shri Vijay Shah, Minister of State for Food Shri Paras Jain, MP Shri Premchand Guddu and Mayor Shri Rameshwar Akhand were present.The Chief Minister informed that preparation for ‘Simastha Kumbh Mela’ has been started from this year with allocation of an amount of Rs 50 crore in this year budget. Shri Chouhan said that all the sections of the society should be united as far as development of the state is concerned.
He called upon all the corporators to make efforts for beautification of their respective wards. Seeing the interest and cooperation of citizens of Ujjain, the Chief Minister said that there would be no impediments in the process of development of the city.
MP Shri Premchand Guddu has said that facility and arrangements like Tirupati temple needed to be developed at Ujjain. He informed that initiative is being taken for sewerage project of worth Rs 300 crore for the city.
Mayor Shri Rameshwar Akhand said that efforts for the development of Mahakal area are being initiated after a long time. The Chief Minister has started preparations from now on for ‘Simastha Kumbh Mela’ with increasing budget amount from Rs 5 crore to 50 crore. Work on Agar road estimated to cost Rs 35 crore has started. At the function, MLA Shri Shivnarayan Jagirdar, Municipal Corporation Chairman Shri Sonu Gehlot, Matikala Board Chairman Shri Ashok Prajapat, Nagar President Shri Anil Jain, Corporators and public representatives, Commissioner T. Dharmarao, Collector Dr. M.Geeta, IG Shri Upendra Jain, SP Shri Satish Saxena and citizens were present.
It may be mentioned here that funds to the tune of Rs 47 crore 39 have been sanctioned for 12 components in first phase as part of Mahakal Forest project under JNNURM project that includes: development of Mahakal Chowk, Interpretation centre, land escaping, food court, public utility centre, preservation of Chhatrichowk, Kotitirth, Ramghat and Gandharva, Kartik Chowk and conservation of lanes in walled city, signage parking and approach to parking.