In defiance of Govt.’s unscientific development works atop Hill
Caption: A Royal protest: Maharani Pramoda Devi Wadiyar is seen addressing the protestors with her son Yaduveer by her side. Picture right shows Vigilante Warriors of Chamundi Hill at the foothill yesterday raising the voice of protest against the Government’s DPR for developing the temple area.
Yesterday, 29 May 2016, about 5,000 people of Mysuru city — young, old and disabled, women and children — from all corners of the city assembled where the steps to climb the hill begins, near the Ayyappa Swamy Temple, to register their protest at the massive developmental project at a cost of Rs. 79.94 crore, say Rs. 80 crore, that was launched by the government.
The Detailed Project Report (DPR) of this development plan, a copy of which I have obtained, as already reported in media, clearly suggests that the government and its planners have got it all wrong as if they are to build a township atop the hill around the Chamundeshwari Temple.
Well, it looked to me as if our Chief Minister was inspired by the Chief Minister of the newly formed State of Andhra Pradesh, Chandrababu Naidu, who is building a new, modern, nay, futuristic capital city at Amaravathi. After all, our Chief Minister Siddharamaiah, as reported in newspapers, had said he would fashion Chamundi Hill Temple after the Tirupathi Hill Temple. Well, he seems to mean it in letter and spirit.
Now, that misconception of Chamundi Hill Temple development by our Chief Minister is staring us in the face scaring us no end. Hence this is the right time to stop the ongoing work by the responsible, alert, vigilant citizens of Mysuru.
Happily, the first step to stop the unscientific, unimaginative, irresponsible and in many cases works that are unwanted, (for example buildings), has been taken by the citizens of Mysuru yesterday under the joint initiative of a number of city NGOs led by Let’s do it! My...more