Monday, October 31, 2016

Tarapith Development

Here is a copy of an information release from the department (unedited):
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The Cabinet in its 11th Meeting dated 24.10.16 has approved the proposal for extension of  Tarapith Rampurhat Development Authority (TRDA)   to include 15  Mouzas in Rampurhat Block I with an area 39.933 Sq. Km. The jurisdiction of the authority originally covered a total of 56 mouzas, scattered across  95.79 sq. Km. Now, the area will increase by 40% for a comprehensive development of TRDA areas like road connectivity, drainage systems, by-pass roads in a holistic way. TRDA was constituted on 25th March , 2015 and so far 8 General Body meetings have been held.
Tarapith , the famous temple town of Bengal  draws nearly twenty thousand pilgrims on weekday and about fifty thousand on weekends. The number jumps to 1 lakh to three lakhs on festive occasions. There are nearly two hundred and eighty hotels of different categories. Tarapith , best  known for its tantric temple and its adjoining cremation grounds is also renowned for  Panch Mundi Mandir , Bam Dev Mandir at Atla, and Kali Mandir. One of the reasons for the fame of the Town is probably due to it being part of  108 Shakti Piths, One theory states that it is one of 51 Piths , a Holy site due to having Maa’s 3rd Eye.
With the formation of this Development Authority, various development activities including beautification of mandir surroundings with lights & pavers block , rehabilitation of Sadhus,  beautification of the Maha Samsan and Pancha Mundi Mandir, Tarapith Entry gate , Rampurhat by-pass road from Cho-Pukho to NH-60 via Pakuria , alternative exit road from Tak  Factory Road (Rampurhat Railway station) to Hospital  Canal More, underground parking facilities with shopping complex and fairground at Tarapith ,Construction of Row shops ,swimming pool at Rampurhat  were taken up. The Development Authority is taking up several schemes like  up gradation of pilgrims facilities at Maa Tara Mandir , creation of Mini Amusement park at Tarapith , river front amenities on left bank of River Dwarka, multi-storied parking cum bus-stand facility, removal of encroachments in the road side at Rampurhat and rehabilitation in the shopping complexes, passenger and parking amenities at various traffic junctions at Rampurhat ,new bridge over River Dwarka for connecting Kali Mandir at Udaipur, new bridge over River Dwarka for connecting Tarapith to Block HQ at Sahapur G.P, beautification of various roads at Tarapith & Rampurhat, creation of Sakhti Pith Hub at Tarapith , foot over bridge over river Dwarka to connect Maa Tara Mandir for  planned urbanisation.
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Times of India dt 31 Oct 2016

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