In a surprise move on Sunday, the AIMIM Legislature Party Leader and MLA from Chandrayangutta Akbaruddin Owaisi sought funds from the state government to develop Simhavauhini Mahankali Temple at Lal Darwaja and a Masjid in Afzalgunj in the old city.
Akbaruddin Owaisi met the CM at Pragati Bhavan here today and submitted a memorandum to this effect. Akbaruddin reminded that the Bonalu being held in this temple every year and are known all over the world as the famous Lal Darwaja Bonalu. “Due to lack of space, the temple campus could not be developed which in turn causing many problems to the devotees”, he said adding that “Lal Darwaja Mahankali temple has more than a hundred years old history. During the Bonalu, lakhs of people offer prayers and Bonalu here. But the temple complex is situated in a 100 square yards area. Due to the narrow space, it is causing immense problems to lakhs of the devotees. There is a need to develop the temple and widen it at a cost of Rs 10 Crore. With the expansion of the temple, people in the vicinity may lose properties. Compensate them by providing 800 square yards of land at Fareed Market, which is under the GHMC. Consider widening and development of the temple as a top priority work. This will be useful to the devotees,” Akbaruddin informed the CM while reminding him of his offering of a Golden Bonum at the Mahankali Temple for a Golden Telangana.
The MIM leader also requested the CM to sanction Rs 3 Crore for the renovation and repairs to the Afzalgunj Masjid. He said several Muslims offer prayers here and due to lack of repairs, they too are facing inconvenience at prayers.
The CM has positively responded to the requests made by Akbaruddin and assured that funds for the Mahankali Temple and Afzalgunj Masjid would be released soon. The CM has instructed Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar to take necessary measures for the development of these two places of worship. Minister Vemula Prashant Reddy and Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar were present on the occasion.