Mumbai, Jan 31 (PTI) The Maharashtra government today approved a development plan of Rs 80 crore for the famous Shri Mahalaxmi temple in Kolhapur.

The decision was taken by a high-power committee meeting chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

“High power committee chaired by the Chief Minister approves development plan of Rs 80 crore for Shri Mahalaxmi Mandir, Kolhapur,” the CMO said in a statement.

The meeting was attended by ministers Chandrakant Patil, Ranjeet Patil, Deepak Kesarkar, MP, and MLAs.

“This plan includes various tourist facilities, Bhakta Niwas, disaster management, healthcare, security, solid and liquid waste management,” it said.

The chief minister directed to keep plastic disposal mechanism in place and also for proper planning for parking places, the statement added.

The Shri Mahalakshmi or AmbaBai temple of Kolhapur is believed to be one of the 108 Shakti Peethas listed in various puranas of Hinduism.

The temple is of special religious significance and is considered to be a place where Shakti (goddess of empowerment) manifests.

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