Jal Mahal is a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in the Pink City Jaipur. A land located near to the Jal Mahal in the city and appurtenant to the old Govind Dev Ji temple was under speculation for the construction of a hotel.
Religious, emotional and sentimental values of the people of the city are attached to this old Govind Dev Ji temple where the idols of Lord Krishna and Radha Ji are placed. Construction of a hotel would have been totally against the aura of the temple and would rapidly degrade the societal values and other stigmas attached had a hotel being constructed nearby.
Jaipur Development Authority has decided to bring about the construction of a museum. The museum shall be used to display and exhibit things of importance. It may be noted here that the land was reserved primarily for the foundation of a hotel the objective of which has now become the foundation of a museum.
Jaipur Development Authority had reserved 4476.80 meter square of land for the erection of the hotel, but the authorities of the Govind Dev Ji temple seemed to have objection. The matter for this reached the courts after which Jaipur Development Authority had to order amendments in its scheme.
The land earlier belonged to the temple and was a part of it only, but Jaipur Development Authority placed orders to take over the land in name of public interest. This land is at a distance of about 100 feets from Jal Mahal. Post these orders, plans to generate near about 200 crores INR of revenue from this plot of land were in progress.
The area that had been reserved for the hotel and the resort, Jaipur Development authorities expressed that the same shall be built in the tourist facility zone in the master plan. According to the industry experts, this area can be developed into an entertainment and a landscaping zone for the services of the same.
It was planned for the hotel and the resort that the Jal Mahal will be on its front face and hills on its rear side. Amidst all this, the resort would have needed 11461.73 meter square of land, the hotel would have needed 4476.80 meter square of land and the land area would have been for 569.96 meter square.
The use of the land and its purpose have been amended but what still stands open for amendment are the plans of resort and restaurant use.
It has been said that the erection of the hotel would have disrupted the prayers and offerings and daily rituals practices for the God for the hotel would would go on with its practice of consumption of alcohol and non-vegetarian food.
There are 6 ancient temples apart from the old Govind Dev Ji temple in Kanak Ghati. These are namely the:
Three of the above mentioned temples are attached to the land that had been reserved. The ancient walls of these temples would have been affected with the construction of the resort and the temple.