Heritage monuments to be protected

Besides, it is planning to create Krishnaraja Nagar in the district as a heritage town.
Deputy Commissioner Harsh Gupta said the issue of making K R Nagar as a heritage town is being discussed with MLA Sa Ra Ramesh and a plan is being prepard. Once the plan is ready it would be discussed again with Mahesh and Medical Education and District In-Charge Minister S A Ramdas before sending it to the State government for its approval.

K R Nagar town was a brain child of Sri Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar who developed the erstwhile Yeduthore town into a planning town way back in 1935. Now the town is celebrating its platinum jubilee. It was also endeavour of Ramdas to develop K R Nagar taluk as a heritage town. A committee has been constituted comprising Dr Gayatri, deputy director, Department of Heritage, Nisha Naidu, Heritage Cell officer and head of the department concerned to study and submit a detail proposal. The team also comprise tahsildhar and commissioner of K R Nagar Town Municipal Council.

The DC said all heritage buildings, nalas and temples would be conserved by taking special grants from the government. Besides, steps would be taken to provide special facilities to tourists who visit the town. There was a proposal to demolish the old Taluk office in the town to build the new mini-Vidhana Soudha. Now it has been decided to protect the old heritage building and build the mini-Vidhana Soudha elsewhere. The taluk office built by Nalvadi would be protected as it is. The local legislator has consented to this proposal. The government has released Rs 2 crore grant for this purpose. The officials of all the departments were directed to take necessary steps in this direction on priority.

Renovation

Gupta said both the Government Guest House and Jaladarshini Guest House are the heritage buildings and they would be conserved at a cost of Rs 3 crore without affecting its original grandeur. The work has been entrusted to the Nirmiti Kendra and directed to start the work at the earliest. Both the buildings should be ready before this year’s Dasara festival, he said adding that Ramdas and Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa have approved the project.

He said the famous Nanjaraja Bahadur Choultry would also be renovated without affecting its heritage look.

Facilities like canteen to provide traditional food and staying facilities for sportspersons who arrive here for training besides a special auditorium would also be provided.
Encroachment would be removed and compound wall would be constructed to protect the property. All these works had been discussed with commissioner of Mysore City Corporation as well as members of the Heritage Cell. The renovation works would be taken up under their guidance, he added.

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