Development plan from Saibaba birthplace in Pathri yet to take off

  • | Tuesday | 19th September, 2023

Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar: Eknath Shinde has become the third chief minister, after Devendra Fadnavis and Uddhav Thackeray, to pledge support for the development of Saibaba birthplace at Pathri in Parbhani district. The assurances made by the two former CMs have gone up in smoke as the development plan of the Saibaba birthplace continues to await a formal approval from the state government, said the temple trustees.Shinde announced Rs 91.8 crore for the birthplace development during a special state cabinet held in Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar on September 16. Temple trustees, however, have drawn attention to Rs 149 crore promised earlier during the MVA governments tenure. The redevelopment plan for the Saibaba birthplace was first prepared and submitted before the government by the local civic body when Fadnavis was the CM. Later, the proposal was forwarded to a high-powered committee. Till date, there has been no approval for the plan, said Atul Choudhari, one of the temple trustees at Pathri.Another trustee, Sanjay Bhusari said the high-powered committee had asked that certain works should be curtailed. The authorities asked us to remove works related to the construction of a Bhakt Niwas. We agreed to it in the hope that the development would get the desired push. The government should have approved the development plan without the Bhakt Niwas by now, he said.Seeking formal approval of the development plan and immediate release of the first instalment of funds, temple trustees said the money could be utilized for land acquisition among other purposes.The political row over taking credit has been delaying the development of Pathri, trustees said.As per records available from the Parbhani district administration, field research in 1970 established that Saibaba was born in Pathri village, located about 150km from Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar. A Sai memorial committee was then formed, which purchased land for the temple at the site of Saibabas house. The temple was inaugurated in 1999 and has been attracting a large number of devotees, the trustees added.Parbhani district guardian minister Tanaji Sawant could not be reached for his comments.We also published the following articles recentlyAdmin to prepare plan for development of SurganaThe Nashik district administration is working on a developmental plan for the Surgana taluka, which has been included in the national aspirational block development program by the NITI Aayog. The plan aims to improve the conditions in the tribal-dominated area, which lags behind in various sectors. The plan will focus on sectors such as health, nutrition, education, agriculture, and infrastructure. The officials have been asked to submit the plan by September 25, and it will be sent to the NITI Aayog for approval.CM & LG discuss Delhis development at Raj Niwas, meeting cordialDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met with Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena at Raj Niwas on Tuesday. The meeting, which lasted over half an hour, focused on development and welfare works in Delhi. The two leaders have recently shown a positive relationship, with Kejriwal praising the LGs leadership during the G20 summit and the LG expressing gratitude towards government agencies for their contribution to the events success. This meeting is seen as a cordial discussion on various issues between the elected government and the LGs secretariat.Maharashtra govt renames talukas, districts Sambhajinagar, DharashivThe state government of Maharashtra has announced that the names of Aurangabad and Osmanabad talukas, districts, subdivisions, and divisions will be changed to Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar and Dharashiv, respectively. The decision has been met with criticism from those opposing the renaming. The matter is currently pending in the Bombay High Court, and opponents argue that the government has no respect for the judiciary. AIMIM MP Imtiaz Jaleel accuses the government of playing communal politics.

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