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Kanaganalli to be developed as International Buddhist Centre

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KBJNL authorities asked to speed up work on Sannati Barrage project


Government has released Rs. 6 crore to the Sannati Development Authority

Good road connectivity promised from Gulbarga and Yadgir to Kanaganalli and Sannati




Assurances: Chief Secretary Sudhakar Rao (left) talking to people during his visit to the Chandrala Parameshwari Temple in Chitapur taluk in Gulbarga district on Sunday.

KANAGANALLI (GULBARGA DIST): Chief Secretary Sudhakar Rao on Sunday said that Kanaganalli, an important Buddhist site, would be developed as International Buddhist Centre .

Mr. Rao, who spent more than an hour at the excavation site of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and held a detailed discussion with senior ASI officials on important excavations carried out at the site, told presspersons that the State Government had constituted Sannati Development Authority and had appointed senior IAS official S.M. Jamdhar as its special officer.

He said the Government had released Rs. 6 crore to the authority. Revenue Minister G. Karunakar Reddy would chair the first meeting of the authority on January 2 to take stock of infrastructure requirement at the centre and chalk out an action plan in this direction. Mr. Rao said the drawback which was keeping tourists from visiting the important Buddhist centre was poor connectivity to the place. “I will talk to the managing director of the Karnataka Road Development Corporation Ltd and start measures to provide good road connectivity from Gulbarga and Yadgir to Kanaganalli and Sannati.”

He said that he had also spoken to managing director of the NEKRTC Shankar Patil who had promised to introduce adequate number of buses to these important tourist destinations.

During his visit to the excavation site, senior ASI officials including Superintendent Mahadevaiah and Assistant Superintendent Vishveshwaraiah showed him important monuments and stupas and idols of Lord Buddha recovered during excavations.

Temple visit

The Chief Secretary said that the Government would consider the demand for construction of a protection wall around the famed Chandrala Parameshwari Temple on the banks of the Bhima to protect it from backwaters of the proposed Sannati Barrage across the river. People and archakas, who met Mr. Rao during his visit to the temple here, made a strong plea for construction of the protection wall saying that backwaters of the barrage would enter the temple premises and weaken its foundation. He said the Government would go into all details of the project and efforts would be made to protect the temple from the backwaters.

Mr. Rao, who also visited construction site of the barrage, took serious exception to the delay in completion of the work and directed the Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigama Ltd authorities to speed up work on the project.

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