Construction underway at the temple-cum-marriage hall in Jharia Vihar Colony, Dhanbad, on Wednesday. (Gautam Dey)
The displaced people of fire-ravaged Jharia in Dhanbad district, who have been relocated to Belgarhia, will no longer have to go out to pray from September.
Neither they will have to look for facilities outside their colony to host social functions like marriages.
The much-promised temple complex with provisions of two large halls is likely to be completed within the next two months at Jharia Vihar Colony, the first settlement established by Jharia Rehabilitation and Development Authority (JRDA) under the Jharia master plan.
Messrs Vinod Kumar Singh and Company, which is developing the complex at a cost of Rs 34.38 lakh, has already completed the façade of the double-storeyed building spread over 2,040sqft. While the temple has been constructed in the front, two large halls of 18feetX50feet and 18feetX27feet make up the two floors on the rear side and can be used as a community hall for social events.
Once completely ready, the facility will benefit the 1,164 families who have been shifted to 2,352 residential quarters at Jharia Vihar Colony from various fire-affected areas like Bokapahari, Ghanudih, North Tirsra, Luj Pit and Lodna ever since the rehabilitation process kicked off on May 25, 2010.
At present, the colony residents are unable to host any religious or marriage function on the premises in the absence of any community hall.
“The two-storeyed upcoming complex has a kitchen and a storeroom on the first floor, which will be of great help for cooking during marriage functions. The structure will be ready by September. We will also develop other facilities like a park outside the temple complex during the second stage. A committee of colony residents will be constituted to take a call on issues like the idols that will be placed inside the temple,” said chief manager (civil) of JRDA Sunil Dalela.
The proposed committee will also look into the management of the temple. A mosque, a crematorium and a burial ground are in the pipeline too.
“The first contract worth Rs 18.83 lakh for construction of the mosque had to be cancelled midway because of the slow construction pace. We issued the second tender for completion of the remaining work on May 25. Allotment of the contract is in the last stage and work will resume soon,” Dalela said.
The tender process for establishment of the crematorium at a cost of Rs 25 lakh is also on. The price bid was opened recently. Similarly, a tender notification for creating a burial ground at Rs 14.79 lakh has also been issued.