Arguments mar preparatory meet on Theerthodhbava

A preparatory meeting chaired by Deputy Commissioner to discuss on organising Theerthodhbava programme at Bhagamandala on Thursday, witnessed a wide range of argument.

 Theerthodhbava is expected to occur at 6.07 pm on October 17 at Talacauvery.

Local residents Ame Balakrishna, Kudukuli Bharath and others asked the DC why the local MLA and zilla panchayat members were not invited for the meeting. Replying to the query, the deputy commissioner said that Talacauvery Temple Committee invites villagers and elected representatives to the meeting and the district administration had no role to play in it, he said.

But the villagers were not calmed down and they asked that MLA K G Bopaiah used to chair the meeting so far and why not this time. 

Zilla Panchayat Member Raja Rao said that it was the responsibility of the Temple Committee chief executive officer to invite the people to the meeting. The DC need not be blamed for, he said.

The DC clarified that two meetings related to Theerthodhbava were convened by District-in-Charge Minister K J George in which the MLA, ZP president and other elected representatives were present. All the work has been carried out as per the decisions taken in those meetings.

Separate gallery

The deputy commissioner directed DySP Prasanna Raju to make arrangements for three galleries for VIPs, media and general public at Theerthodhbava venue to avoid any person falling from the place meant for viewing Theerthodhbava. “Last year a few people including MP Vishwanath had fallen from the stand and it has to be avoided this time,” he said.

He also instructed to install more barricades to avoid rush and untoward incidents. He also instructed not to collect parking fee and entry fee by blocking the tourist vehicles on the middle of the road. Legal action will be initiated against those who violate the rule. No vehicle should be allowed to park near Talacauvery temple.

 Barricades must be installed half km away from the temple. Only police, VIP, ambulance and Temple Committee vehicles should be allowed to go near the temple, the DC directed. To a query on road repair work, PWD Executive Engineer Purushotham said that potholes have not been filled due to rain.

The work on road repair, clearing the bushes and painting the wall will be carried out on October 10.

KSRTC Madikeri Division Manager Ganesh Pai said that nearly 30 buses will be deployed on the day of Theerthodhbava, including 10 from Madikeri and five each from Somwarpet, Virajpet and Sullia.

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