Nehru Mantapa loses its sheen, cries for attention

Nehru Mantapa loses its sheen, cries for attention

Nehru Mantapa, once a tourists paradise, is now crying for attention in Madikeri, thanks to the apathy of the authorities.

It is said that the then prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had visited Kodagu in1957 and had enjoyed the scenic beauty from the spot. To commemorate his visit, a mantapa was constructed and was named after him.

The tourists from outside the district visit Raja Seat, Rajara Gadduge, Fort, Abbeyfalls, Omkareshwara Temple and return. But Nehru Mantapa situated adjacent to Raja Seat no more noticed by the tourists.

In the past, a large number of visitors would visit Nehru Mantapa to get a glimpse of the nature and its surrounding. The Nehru Mantapa has been constructed amid the rich greenery.

Weeds, grown all over the surroundings, cover the entire Mantapa. As a result, the visitors would find it interesting to visit the Mantapa. However, Mantapa has become heaven for miscreants.

Due to lack of maintenance, the Mantapa has lost its sheen. Nehru Mantapa, once known for its scenic sunset, is now strewn with liquor bottles, playing cards, cigarrette buts and plastic carry bags. The Mantapa has become the abode for illegal activities, said Mahadevapete resident Roshan.

The district administration should develop Nehru Mantapa. A security guard should be appointed at the Mantapa, said senior citizens.

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