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Lucknow, Oct 25: The Uttar Pradesh government is soon going to start the process of restoration and conservation of Maharishi Valmiki Ashram in Bithoor, Kanpur, Raja Sitaram Mahal of Mathura and Rasik Bihari Temple located in Shivrajpur, Fatehpur.

Official sources said that a detailed plan has been formulated after which the UP State Archaeology Department (SAD) has already invited applications from interested agencies through the e-tendering process to carry out the renovation and preservation work on these sites.

Sources said that the government is planning to allocate Rs 1.52 crore for the restoration and preservation of Maharishi Valmiki’s ashram in Bithoor, where it is believed that Mata Janaki took refuge when Lord Shri Ram sent her to the forest and where their two sons Luv and Kush were born. The agency applying for this work will have to deposit an earnest money deposit (EMD) of Rs 3.12 lakh.

The renovation and conservation of Raja Sitaram Mahal of Mathura will cost Rs 1.29 crore and the EMD amount has been fixed at Rs 2.66 lakh. Similarly, Rs 1.97 crore will be spent by the Yogi government on the restoration and preservation of Rasik Bihari Temple in Shivrajpur, Fatehpur, and the EMD amount for this work has been fixed at Rs 4.04 lakh.

All three projects will be executed through the tendering process by the selected agencies under the supervision of the SAD. All project allocations and necessary procedures will follow the guidelines of the UP government.

Separate tenders have been issued for all three sites on the e-tender portal. These tenders will be allocated in two phases. The first phase will involve a technical assessment, followed by a financial assessment. Agencies will be assigned the work only after passing both assessments.

It may be noted that the application process for these tenders started on October 23 and the deadline for submission of applications is November 1. It will be followed by the technical assessment process, which will commence on November 3. Subsequently, financial assessment will be made.