Simhachalam temple selected for PRASAD scheme
Rs.53 Crores would be sanctioned
Chairperson Sanchaita Gajapathi thanks union government
The reknowned Veraha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple of Simhachalam in Visakhapatnam is selected by the union government’s Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) , sponcered by the ministry of tourism, government of India. The scheme is launched in 2015 to concentrate on the pilgrim centers connected with tourism development and to attract the huge number of tourists. The union government has selected five temples all over India to develop under this scheme and this Simhachalam temple is one among them, and it would get Rs.53 crores of central funds to utmost development. Sanchaita Gajapathi Raju, who became the chairperson of the temple stated that she put her efforts and discussed with the concerned authorities and succeeded in getting the scheme for this 11 th century temple.
Union Minister for Tourism Prahald Singh Patel sanctioned Rs 53 crore for development of the temple under the PRASAD scheme. As per the proposals, Rs 27.86 crore will be spent on development of foothill area, Rs 18.21 crore for Simhachalam temple and Rs 3.87 crore for pan area development. He thanked the Union minister for including Simhachalam temple under the project. She said she visited Delhi in March to submit the proposals and to convince the union ministry and stressed about the importance of the temple and to include it in that scheme. “As the chairperson, it was my maiden achievement and it is just a beginning, she would make the Simhachalam temple a world-class pilgrim destination. This can be said that the efforts of Sanchaita brought this fruitful result and the temple would be further developed and the pilgrims would have more facilities.