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Maharashtra CM approves over Rs 440 crore to promote pilgrimage tourism in state

In a bid to promote pilgrimage tourism in the state, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ekanth Shinde Tuesday approved the Akkalkot pilgrimage development project worth Rs 368 crore and the Pandharpur Temple development plan worth Rs 73.80 crore.

While approving the plans, CM Shinde ordered the urban development department of the state to immediately disburse Rs 10 crore to the Pandharpur Municipal Council for the repair of roads ahead of monsoon.

Shinde also directed officials to conduct a digital mapping of the temples and shrines in the state where there is a large footfall of devotees, and provide better facilities of accommodation and other amenities.

“Since lakhs of devotees visit Pandharpur for Ashadhi Ekadashi on pilgrimage tour, all the roads in the city should be repaired and no potholes should be visible,” CM Shinde said, further announcing an increase in the travel subsidy from Rs 5 crore to Rs 10 crore.

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