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Bhopal City
Long-term plan for development of Madhya Pradesh’s holy city Chitrakoot

BHOPAL: To facilitate devotees, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that a long-term planning should be made for development of holy city Chitrakoot for next 25 to 50 years.

Opinions of experts of international repute should also be elicited for this purpose, he added. The Chief Minister reviewed state’s law & order situation here on Monday. Home Minister Babulal Gaur was also present on the occasion.

Attaching top priority to law & order, the Chief Minister will hold discussions with senior officers of the Home Department every Monday. The meeting was informed that 90 percent encroachments in Chitrakoot have been removed with mutual consent. The Chief Minister directed to ensure that encroachments should not re-surface.

In view of increasing number of devotees to Chitrakoot, the Chief Minister will write to the Railway Minister to increase number of trains. He directed to ensure tight security arrangements during ensuing festivals. Advance arrangements should be made at the places, which witness heavy rush, he added.

Home Minister Gaur said that discussions would also be held with Uttar Pradesh government for arrangements at Chitrakoot. He suggested that the Mela tax imposed on pilgrims by Nagar Panchayat should be abrogated.

The meeting was informed that process is underway to constitute Chitrakoot Trust. A meeting of departments coming forward for all-round development of Chitrakoot will be held. Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa, DGP Nandan Dube, Principal Secretary Home Basant Pratap Singh, Additional DGP Sarabjeet Singh and OSD Sudhir Saxena were also present.