Kollur set for big ticket Rs 70 cr makeover

Involves drainage systems, water supply plan, sprucing up Mookambika Temple

The major problem bothering the Kollur Sri Mookambika Temple surrounding is the inadequate underground drainage system, which has amassed effluents all over including the riverbank.

River Souparnika is massively polluted as the discharge of effluents by all drainages is directed towards the river.

Many lodges, Yatri Nivas and restaurants discharge sewage to the river. In this backdrop, district administration has come up with comprehensive plan to introduce elaborate drainage system in the area ensuring pollution free ambiance. Apart from UGD plant, district administration has also taken steps towards ensuring many development initiatives in the temple area and in the whole of Kollur village.

Deputy Commissioner Dr R Vishal told Deccan Herald that plans have been chalked out to put better system in the area.

A total of Rs 70-crore worth project is being envisioned. The works of Rs 4-5 crore worth project cost will get over by another three months. The remaining works worth Rs 65 crore needs two years span for completion.

The integrated sewage treatment plant with Underground Drainage and Sewage Treatment Plant is planned at the cost of Rs 24 crore.

The project is taken up for the whole village. The proposal has received the clearance from Endowment Commissioner and is pending before the Cabinet for approval. Besides, integrated water supply scheme for the temple as well as the village is being planned.
The project cost is Rs 19.62 crore. The detailed project report (DPR) is prepared with five lakh litre per day capacity. The deputy commissioner said DPR is submitted to Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Sewage Board.

The Board has approved and the plans are approved by Endowment Commissioner. Currently the proposal is before the Cabinet, he added.

Kitchen, dining hall
The temple will now have spacious kitchen-cum-dining hall with 65,000 sq mt length and width area. The estimated cost is Rs 21 crore and DPR has been approved by Housing Board Empowerment Committee.

The project will be a reality in another 18 months. The temple village will comprise of ring road covering ‘bath ghat’ on the banks of river Souparnika. The proposal taken up as part of beautification of the region will also comprise retaining wall for the river, bridge and road built at the cost of Rs 2.4 crore.

The plan proposal is approved by PWD chief engineer and the work is entrusted to Nirmiti Kendra.

In addition, a concrete road is planned from Shankaracharya Park to the main road at the temple. The project cost is Rs 54 lakh. A highly structured parking area is set up at temple premises at the cost of Rs 18 lakh. The work is on. Schools in the area and hostels are built at a cost of Rs 1.38 crore.

The DC said there are no issues with land acquisition for introduction of integrated water supply scheme and integrated sewage treatment plant. Though, there is short of 30 cents of land to set off UGD project, land owners are contacted for acquisition. The asphalt is being planned in the temple area as there are advantages. He said methodical plan is introduced for booking and charted accountant is appointed to take up proper accounting at the temple, he added.

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