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Rajasthan: Despite ramp, Divyangs have to climb 17 stairs at Pushkar temple 14.1

More than 5 lakh devotees visited the Brahma temple during the Pushkar annual fair held last month

JAIPUR: The temple management committee, constituted under the chairmanship of district collector, has constructed a 52-metre-long ramp at a cost of Rs 52 lakh at the entry plaza of Pushkar’s Brahma temple for convenience of specially-abled persons. However, persons with disability (PwD) devotees will have to climb 17 steps that lead to the main entrance of the Brahma temple for a darshan as no ramp has been built alongside these steps.

Hemant Bhai Goyal, national vice-president, Divyang Adhikar Mahasangh, who filed a petition in this regard at the disability court, said, “Despite spending lakhs, the ramp will be of no use as persons with disabilities (PwDs) will not benefit from it.”

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had inaugurated the ramp at the entry plaza behind the Brahma temple on November 1.

During the Pushkar annual fair, held from November 1 to 8, more than 5 lakh devotees visited Brahma temple. But, only one old lady devotee used the ramp during the fair, said Goyal. “Even before the construction of the ramp was completed, the district administration got the ramp inaugurated by the chief minister,” he said.

“While this ramp was to be built under the central government’s Prasad scheme, it could not be built due to ASI’s objection,” he added. “The priests of the temple wrote several times to the chief minister, central government and the sub-divisional officer demanding installation of a lift at the temple. However, the temple being a protected monument, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) did not allow construction of lifts and ramps in the temple.”

“Three months ago, RTDC chairman Dharmendra Rathod took up the task of constructing a ramp and renovating the temple. On his demand, the ASI gave conditional approval to build the ramp. After this, the temporary temple management committee issued a sanction of Rs 52 lakh for the construction of the ramp, entrusting the Ajmer Development Authority with the responsibility of building the ramp,” Goyal added.