Jaipur will perhaps mark a new high in construction history when a foreign based engineering company will rebuild a 200-year-old temple in the Walled City.
According to Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) officials, Taiwan-based Continental Engineering Corporation (CEC) will re-construct the Rojgareshwar Mahadev temple at its original location in the Walled City area which was demolished in June last year after it was found to be coming the way of the metro. The new temple would come up by 2018.
JMRC officials say “It has been decided that re-construction of the temple will be done by the company under the supervision of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). However, it is yet to be decided if the cost will be borne by the company or the JMRC.
A process to assess the estimated cost has been initiated.
The district administration has decided to reconstruct Rojgareshwar Mahadev at its original place, on the 12×23 square feet area at Choti Chaupar.
The officials said the temple would be constructed at its original site as a huge hue and cry erupted over its demolition. The stone laying ceremony is likely to happen this week on an auspicious day of Shiv ratri as per Hindu rituals.”
This piece of news will gladden the hearts of Mandir Bachao Sangharsh Samiti, which had organized a chakka jam and agitated against the demolition of more than 23 temples in the area. JMRC officials say the drawings of the ancient temple, would help to reconstruct it same as the original.
Political observers say this is happening because of the Sangh backing, who had a showdown with BJP ministers and MLAs of the region after it was found that none of these public representatives were present when the temples were being brought down in June last year.
But some experts say it would be impossible to reconstruct the temple in its original form.
The engineering company is actually into designing and construction of the tunnel between Chandpole and Badi Chauper and reversal line by Shield TBM, Underground Metro Stations at Choti Chouper and Badi Chouper by Cut & Cover Method on East-West Corridor of Jaipur Metro (Phase 1 B) and perhaps its first foray into temple building.
The phase I A is a 9.63 km long track from Mansarovar to Chandpole, whose estimated cost is Rs 1792 crore The major portion of underground track is in the Walled City i,e 2.349 km and only 0.50 km between Mansarovar and Chandpole. So elevated station would be 8 and underground stations 3.