Mahabodhi Temple Draft Development Plan Ready
Bodhgaya, 13 June (Dainik Jagran). Several draft development plans have
been prepared by the central Tourism Minister bearing in mind the memo
given by Kalicaran Singh the secretary of the Temple Management committee
for the 1400 year old ancient historic Mahabodhi Temple and the all
round development of the world famous [town of] Bodhagaya.
According to information received there is a scheme to attract the national
and international tourists who have come to the Muchalinda pond situated
in the Mahabodhi Temple compound. In this there is a scheme to build
an artificial hill illuminated with ultra-modern lighting behind the
Buddha and Muchalinda images in the pond. This scheme is to be completed
under the supervision of HUDCO. It is possible that
the said works may be begun during the next few months. Along with this
special provisions for foreign tourists will be made in the meditation
garden in the temple compound where meditation huts will be built in
a mixture of styles based on various countries and cultures.
It is known that for the beautification of the temple on the proposal
of the temple committee the central tourism ministry allotted 32 lakhs
of rupees to the state tourism department in order to illuminate the
temple with special lighting. For this special columns have been erected
all around the temple. But up until now no arrangements for light bulbs
has been possible. Due to this a situation of uncertainty has been created
for the temple committee. Along with this although at the 2546th Buddha
Jubilee celebration the foundation stone was laid for a ceremonial entrance
gateway there is a possiblity that construction work may be delayed.
It is said that due to the need for two pillars in the middle of the
60 foot doorway the estimate made formerly it has been decided will
need to be reconsidered.
 HUDCO, a company name, perhaps Hindustan