Temple works move sluggishly

Published: 08th October 2012 11:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th October 2012 11:10 AM   |  A+A-


Several developmental works, including the construction of Mallikarjuna Mahamandam and Rajagopuram, taken up by Kanakadurga temple authorities, are moving at a snail’s pace.

According to the information provided to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) by the temple authorities, the construction of the nine-storied Rajagopuram, sanctioned in 2009 at a cost of Rs 98 crore, and the Rs 205- crore Mahamandapam, are moving slowly.

Though the works should have been completed after 18 months from commencement, it now appears that they will take another one year. Though the officials claim that sand scarcity is the main reason for the delay, it is said deviation from the original design of the Mahamandapam is the main reason.

It is also said the technical committee is yet to give its nod for the construction of entrance and exist ramps. Meanwhile, the hill-sliding along the ghat road, taken up in September 2007 with Rs 21.4 crore, is still incomplete. So far, only Rs 90 lakh worth of works have been executed and the construction of an RCC retaining wall at the OM circle is also due.

According to sources, Rs 12.4 crore worth of works of 2006-07, Rs 11.1 crore works of 2007-08, Rs 111.2 crore works OF 2008-09, Rs 38 lakh works of 2010-11 and Rs 10.5 crore works of 2011-12 are pending.


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