"Development of tourism from beauty perspective "
Tourist places, pilgrim centres are the hallmarks of the respective towns. They are parts of our culture and we should preserve them. We should ensure that these places of tourist interest and religious significance are maintained well. We need to pass them on to the next generation in a better way.
Every town has ancient temples and places that are 800 to 1000 years old or even older. We do not realize their significance at the village or town level. Moreover, we can not carry out repairs or look after them well for lack of money. Nothing new is created there and hence the responsibility automatically passes on to the government. But if the officials lack beauty perspective and love for culture, nothing tangible is achieved.
Rural development minister Jayant Patil is endowed with a keen sense of beauty and he understands the importance of tourist and religious places. That is why, as rural development minister, he has developed many places of tourist interests in the state by releasing them substantial funds. He has developed all the pilgrim centres across Maharashtra. What had never been done before has been done in the last 5 years. On the same pattern, Jayant Patil has developed tourist places and pilgrim centres in Walve taluka. These places are now attracting hordes of tourists from everywhere. There are many beautiful and scenic spots of tourist interests including Ramalig island, Kille Machchindragad, Kusumgandh baug, Krishi Udyan at Bahe, Lokshahir Annabhau Sathe monument at Wategaon, Kranti Simha Nana Patil’s monument at Yedemachchindra. Datta hill area of Islampur has been beautified at the cost of Rs 42 lakh. A visit to these spots is quite memorable. More and more people are thronging these spots. In turn, this has generated business and employment for the local people. Two big rivers Krishna and Warna flow through Walve taluka.
Jayant Patil has used the lift irrigation technique to make the entire area green and prosperous. He has developed some places in taluka for tourism. Ramlig island at Bahe is one of them. This island is a natural wonder and an amazing spot. Through the efforts of Jayant Patil, this island has been developed into great tourist spot. This island is situated 12 km away from Islampur in the middle of the Krishna river bed which is located between Bahe and Narsimhapur. This island admeasures 25 to 30 acres. It is believed that Lord Ramchandra dwelled here. When He was meditating, the river was in spate. Hence Lord Hanuman blocked the flow of river water. Thus the blocked part turned into land and the riverbed was divided into two parts. The hill there hosts one of 11 Maruti temples established by Samarth Ramdas Swami. Similarly, there are idols of Shriram, Hanuman, Shankar Pind, Nandi, Joglekar Maharaj tombstone. The entire spot is enchantingly beautiful.
Picnickers and tourists throng the spot on Saturday. Jayant Patil spent a fund of Rs 4 crore to develop the entire area and turn it into a decent tourist spot. He repaired temples, built open stage, lavatories, and jetty, laid out parks and gardens and electrified the area. He developed Kille Machchindragad area and transformed it into tourist spot. He spent Rs 3.37 crore for building road, ornamental shed, flight of steps and perambulation path there. There is an ancient temple of Lord Narsimha at Narsimhapur. The main temple is situated in the cave. Due to the certain structure of the temple, the sunlight reaches the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. It is looked upon as a unique specimen of architecture.
People visit the place for seeing this architectural marvel. Jayant Patil has carried out various developmental works there at the cost of Rs 3.5 crore. There is another pilgrim centre named Shri Kshetra Mallikarjun near Yedenipani. In the mythical lore, there are references to this pilgrimage as South Kashi. There are temples of uncut rock and there are Lord Shankara’s pinds. There is Bawardin (Chand Bukhari tombstone) on the hillside. Lord Vitthal temple is situated there. Jayant Patil has extended his assistance for the development of this area. ‘Kusumgandh baug’, a beautiful garden has been developed in Mahadevnagar area of Islampur. The surroundings here are quite enchanting. People come here to spend their leisure time and enjoy themselves. An agriculture garden too has been developed off Islampur-Sangli road. This garden showcases the old world charm, giving a historic perspective on how ancient villages looked like and how farming was carried out in the past. Lokshahir Annabhau Sathe’s monument has turned into tourist spot at Wategaon. Kranti Simha Nana Patil hailed from Yedemachchindranath.
A grand monument dedicated to him has been built there. Both the places have been developed through the efforts of Jayant Patil. Islampur’s Datta hill and area has been beautified at the cost of Rs 42 lakh. Rozawadi (Bagni) houses Hazrat Pir Abdul Quadir Sahib dargah. It symbolizes a unique specimen of Hindu-Muslim unity. Assistance was provided for development of this area too. The entire area has been protected with fence-wall. There is a tombstone of teacher-disciple Buwafan and Sambhuappa. An Urs is held here on Kartik Pournima every year. There is a heavy rush of devotees here for seven to eight days. Jayant Patil extends his assistance for this place too. Jayant Patil has contributed his mite to develop temples under pilgrimage development scheme in Islampur assembly constituency. Besides, he has preserved and promoted the cause of secularism by developing mosques and dargahs too. He has provided all types of services like carrying out repairs, building community halls, fence wall, roads and other facilities. He has spent crores of rupees for that. This development work has resulted in overall beautification and sprucing up the area. Temples have become more attractive, surroundings have become neat and clean, and the areas have been fenced off. Stage sheds have been set up at many places which have become useful for people. Social, cultural and religious programmes are held there. There are no places in villages where people could come together and hence the construction of stage sheds was essential. They are proving their utility to the villagers. Similarly, Jayant Patil has built beautiful flights of steps or ghats on the bank of Krishna river at 16 villages.
Flood resistant walls too have been built to protect the villages from floods. Whenever the river was in spate, the floodwaters would enter the villages and towns. Besides, there used to be landslides regularly, causing heavy losses. These walls have now halted the incidents of landslide in the area. Besides, beautiful ghats have been built at Bahe, Borgaon, Banewadi, Gaudwadi, Satpevadi, Masuchiwadi, Junekhed, Junekhed dalit vasti, Walva, Kole, Narsimhapur, Shirte, Shirte dalit vasti, Bichud, Rethareharnaksha,Takari, and Shirgaon. All the river ghats have become enchantingly beautiful and the local people stand to benefit from them. Jayant Patil has spent around Rs 21 crore for that. All the developmental works carried out by Jayant Patil reflect his sense of beauty, commitment to conservation of ancient art and his earnestness to develop his assembly constituency to the highest level.