Rs 15 crore aid for temple development

Wai ,Maharashtra, Jan 26 | Updated: Jan 27 2005, 05:30am hrs
Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar announced a Rs 15 crore financial package for development of Mandhradevi temple here, the scene of Tuesdays stampede.

Altogether 258 people were killed in the stampede and fire during a religious ceremony at Mandradevi shrine here on Tuesday, officials said. Earlier reports had put the death toll at over 300.

I have talked to the Prime Minister and he has agreed to provide funds to make the temple safe for devotees, Mr Pawar said here on Wednesday.

All those whose shops were gutted would receive Central aid, the minister, who visited the scene of tragedy, said.

The state government had sanctioned an ex-gratia relief of Rs one lakh to each bereaved family and Rs 25,000 to each seriously injured, Mr Patil said.