The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation has decided to take up renovation and restoration of eight ancient temples in Maharashtra.
For this, four consulting firms, which have experience in archaeological restorations, have already been appointed. Five of these come under the jurisdiction of the Archaeological Survey of India.
The temples that will be restored as per the archaeological specifications as mandated in ASI guidelines include Gondeshwar temple in Nashik, Ekvira Mandir in Karla, Khandoba temple in Aurangabad, Markanda Shiv Mandir in Gadchiroli, Purushottam Mandir in Beed, Kopeshwar temple, Kolhapur, Anandeshwar shiv temple in Amravati and Dhootpapeshwar temple in Ratnagiri.
A Rs 101-crore fund has already been set aside for the project, an MSRDC release revealed. The decision to take up these conservation and rejuvenation works of the temples was announced by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in the last budget session of the state legislature. A committee was constituted under the leadership of additional chief secretary Manoj Saunik, and presentations were made before it recently.
Other than restoration of the temple structures as per their original architecture, the wrong paver blocking, oil painting and tiling made on the structures and their pathways, artificial sheds built in and around the temples, and haphazard shopping lanes, electricity and water supply networks will be streamlined.