Hazaribagh: The historic Itkhori Temple of Chatra will be connected to Bodhgaya Buddhist Circuit. Itkhori would be developed into a tourism spot, said Chief Minister Raghubar Das while inaugurating three-day-long Itkhori Mahotsav here on Thursday.
In the inaugural ceremony the CM said that India would emerge as a world’s leader. He said that subversive activities by ultra organizations would not be tolerated in any manner.
The main road connecting Chouparan to Itkhori would be widened for providing better connectivity to the tourists. He said that extremism had adversely affected the efforts to promote tourism in Jharkhand. He said the State Government would foil any attempts by the ultra wings to create disturbance in the State.
Present on the occasion among others N Dorjey, representative of Karmapa, Tarachand Jain, president of Jharkhand State Digambar Jain Trust Board, and a large number of Buddhist monks from Srilanka, Thailand and Burma. The CM was accorded a grand welcome at the Mahotsav.
Raghubar Das on the occasion said that Jharkhand Government will sponsor and promote Itkhori Mahotsav. For this a proposal would be passed in the cabinet meeting slated on February 22. To sort out the problem of drinking water hand-pumps would be installed on the premises of Bhadrakali Temple.
The State Government would promote tourism in a big way to provide employment opportunities to the youths. The Phansihari Lake would be developed to make it a tourism spot, he said. The CM also urged the tourists to visit Itkhori on their way to Bodhgaya.
The chief minister further said that his government was committed to provide good governance and transparent administration to the people.
Employment to one lakh youths would be provided in next six months, he promised. He urged the local populace to donate land on their own volition for further development of Itkhori Temple.
MP of Agurangbad, Bihar Sushil Kumar Singh and Chatra MP Sunil Kumar Singh were also present on the occasion.