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saMinister Ramdas and Commissoner Raykar inspect writer R K Narayan’s house in Mysore on Wednesday. DH PhotoHe was speaking to the media after visiting the house, that was partially demolished, only to be stalled by MCC on Monday. The house where the famed writer lived should be conserved as a heritage structure for a memorial, he added.

He said that both Narayan and his brother R K Lakshman both of whom had Mysore connection were national figures and hence the house of Naryan should be preserved as a monument and a heritage structure.

Asked whether the government will buy the property to preserve it, he said that a decision has to be taken only after meeting the chief minister in this regard.

Corporation commissioner K S Raykar said that the house was still in the name of the descendants of Narayan and it had not been sold to anyone. On the other hand, Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) has received instructions from the urban development minister S Suresh Kumar to take steps towards conserving the building. When contacted MUDA commissioner C G Betsurmath asserted that he has been directed to act, but will be able to disclose the plans later.

The house constructed on the site measuring 80x120 on Vivekananda road in Yadavagiri, was going to be demolished to pave way for an apartment, when the MCC intervened. A source close to Narayan’s family who spoke to Deccan Herald on condition of anonymity said that he had visited the house a couple of times in the past and found that the house was crumbling and it cannot be restored. It would be very difficult to maintain a house which was lying in disuse for a number of years, he added.

 

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