At a commemorative event at Kanteerava Stadium here, Higher Education Minister Aravind Limbavali said his Department will be giving 80 acres of its land from the Hampi University to build the museum which will display the antiques. Meanwhile, another 80 acres is being taken by the Tourism department towards the same project in Hampi.
Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa in his speech addressed to hundreds of school children and college-goers gathered at the event, said: “The historical figures are an inspiration to the State and the current generation. I assure you (audience) that we will strive to take their lives and the morals by which they lived to ensure that Karnataka will be model State in the country.” The government had earlier tried to ensure that at least 1,000 children per day visit the Hampi ruins of the Vijayanagar empire under the directions of the CM. The State has also approached the Centre to release a commemorative postal stamp and coins on Krishnadevaraya.
Referring to the former glory of Vijayanagara Empire, Tourism Minister, G Janardhana Reddy said that Bellary district which houses the ruins of the empire is returning to its hey days. “Not less than 15-16 helicopters fly in and out of Bellary, including national and international airplanes. Even companies like ArcelorMittal and Posco have shown interest to set up steel plants there. Jindal already has made a mark in its business,” said Reddy.