The seven-storeyed structure was conceived in 2008 after stampede atop Indarkeeladri

The Endowments Department seems to be having second thoughts on the design of the Mallikarjuna Maha Mandapam, which is nearing completion.

It has constituted an expert committee to study the feasibility of ramps, which are part of the first-of-its-kind mandapam. The committee is scheduled to visit Sri Durga Malleswara Swamyvarla Devasthanam on March 4.

Work is going on briskly and the final slab of the maha mandapam has also bee laid. The temple management is spending nearly Rs. 15 crore on the mega project.

Shift in entrance

As per the original design, two ramps – exist and entry – would be part of the mandapam. It is estimated that the entry ramp would cost Rs. 8.2 crore and exit ramp Rs. 3.2 crore.

There are divergent views on construction of the ramps. While some oppose it, a few others favour it. Therefore, the department has constituted the committee to study the feasibility and requirement of the ramps, sources say.

On completion of the maha mandapam, the entrance of the Durga temple will be shifted to the east side in Arjuna Street. The exit will remain the same on the south side of the ghat road.

Huge queue lines, marriage halls, restaurants, and parking facility will be arranged in the maha mandapam. The 74-metre-tall structure will become a parallel structure to the Kanakadurga temple ‘rajagopuram'.

Traffic problem on the national highway between Vijayawada and Hyderabad and between Ashoka Pillar and Kummaripalem will be eased after the inauguration of the new entrance on the east side of the temple.

The proposal for construction of a seven-storeyed mandapam was conceived in 2008 after a stampede atop Indarkeeladri. The former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy laid the foundation stone for construction of the ‘rajagopuram' and ‘Mallikjarjuna maha mandapam' on the premises of Kanakadurga temple atop Indrakeeladri in December 2008.