AURANGABAD: The state government has collectively earmarked Rs 309 crore towards tourism development plan charted out for the temple town of Mahur in Nanded district and the world famous Lonar crater in Buldhana district.Visited by thousands of devotees every month, Mahur will witness a complete development costing Rs 216.13 crore.
"The area also houses several ancient temples in the vicinity of the crater and will be restored and conserved during the development programme.
"Other works involve construction of viewing platforms around the crater, improving security and installing sign boards," authorities said.
A meditation centre will also come up near the crater," authorities said.Located around 160km from Aurangabad, the Lonar crater is considered as the world's only salt water lake in basaltic rock and is believed to have been created after a meteorite hit Earth around 52,000 years ago.
Other major works involve construction of accommodation and toilet facilities for devotees and facilitating adequate amount of drinking water.
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