Renovation bell rings for St Philomena's Church

Tourist spots in and around Mysore to be developed further

In what could be termed as a Christmas gift, the State tourism department has decided to take up the renovation works of St Philomena’s Church along with a few other prominent tourist spots in the region for the year 2012-13.

The imposing church with architectural grandeur will be renovated at an estimated cost of Rs 80 lakh, keeping in view its heritage. Of the total cost Rs 50 lakh has been approved, sources told Deccan Herald. Taking cognisance of the very significance of the structure built in neo Gothic style in the year 1936 inspired by Cologne Cathedral, Germany, the tourism department has written to the department of heritage to inspect the site and submit an estimate of works that could be taken up.

Parish priest of the church Father Williams who welcomed the recent development said, according to an estimate prepared by the government one year ago, the church needs immediate repairs at   an estimated cost of Rs 5.8 crore. The works include arresting the seepage from the damaged roof which gets worse during rains, re-plastering and also wiring that date back to several decades.

However, he was apprehensive that the delay in taking up the works may lead to escalation of the cost and also further damage to the church already withering in parts.
The other tourist spots include; Mudukuthore Mallikarjunaswamy temple at T Narsipura taluk where there are plans to connect the temple to another temple in the rear of the shrine Bettalamma Temple.

Though stairs are constructed up to a distance to facilitate the visitors to the main temple access Bettalamma, there is a demand to complete the stretch further.

 Kendagannaswamy gaddige on Bogadi road in Hunsur taluk, Srikanteshwara Swamy Temple at Nanjangud and Sri Vaidyanatheswara Temple at Talkad will also be developed mainly improving the basic infrastructural facilities at an estimated cost of Rs 25 lakh each.

Deputy director of tourism K S Shivalingappa who confirmed about the plans said as is the procedure the land army has been requisitioned to prepare the estimate and muzrai department to take the site into possession.

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