Bengaluru: The Minister for Muzrai Shashikala Jolle has said on Friday February 4 that the government will soon start creating facilities at Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, for pilgrims from Karnataka.
Referring to Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh, she has mentioned that a special grant of Rs. 85 crore has already been allocated to set up facilities for pilgrims from State and that work will begin at a cost of Rs. 45 crore in the first phase.
She also informed that the government had set aside Rs. 287 crore for Temple development in the previous budget, which is a four-fold increase over the Rs. 60-70 crore that had earlier been set aside for the department.
The Revenue Department would use drones to survey all temple and wakf land, which is worth hundreds of crores, she said.
On the first phase, the government plans to spend Rs. 1,140 crore in the total development of 25 A-category temples in the State that attract a large number of devotees. Individual support will be sought for temple development, and grievances and complaints regarding infrastructure at C-category temples will be addressed in phases, she said.