Government aims to complete the project in 3 phases in 3 years.
The Union Ministry of Tourism has given an in-principle nod for an Rs.287 crore worth project to renovate Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and its environs.
The mega project aims to develop temple premises into a ‘pilgrim town’, as part of heritage tourism development.
The mega project aims to develop temple premises into a ‘pilgrim town’, as part of heritage tourism development. The first phase of the project alone will cost Rs.100 crore and would be approved this fiscal.
The design was prepared by Chennai-based Raghuram Associates in consultation with the tourism department and the temple administration. According to the design, the main four nadas of the temple would get granite walkways and a proper drainage system around the temple area will be built underground. Nambi priests’ existing shelters would be restored and police personnel would be provided proper accommodation.
The place will also get a recreation area with walkways and lots of green spaces.
The two ponds – Padmatheertham and Mitranandapuram will also be cleansed, making it free from pollutants. The cleaning of Padmatheertham pond alone would cost Rs 8 crore. While Mitranandapuram pond would be renovated after cleansing it.
Other works include setting up a proper canteen, a dining hall, recreation space and greenery around the temple. Also, overhead cable lines in the area would be replaced with underground cables.
State tourism department and temple administration will convene a meeting to discuss the project details. Government aims to complete the project in 3 phases in 3 years.