Mastakabhisheka works delay irks seer

Mastakabhisheka works delay irks seer

Shravanabelagola Jain Mutt pontiff Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Swami on Sunday expressed displeasure over the preparation works for the Bahubali Mahamastakabhisheka to be held here in February 2018.

Addressing reporters here, the Swami said the works related to construction of tourist bungalow, power distribution centre, dormitory at the bus stand, four temporary bus bays among others, have been delayed. All these works should have been completed at least six months before the commencement of the event, he said.

The seer said that he has brought the issue to the notice of Hassan district in-charge minister A Manju and suggested to him to take steps to complete the works soon. As it is a national-level event, even the Union government has the responsibility to ensure its success and provide funds. The Union government has not refused to sanction funds but, the state government should put pressure on it, he said.

To a query, he said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has assured to release additional funds, if needed.

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