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Authorities told to prepare project report

Thousands visit Paschima Vahini near Srirangapatna to immerse the ashes of the dead and to perform pujas and rituals.— Photo: B. MAHADEVA
Thousands visit Paschima Vahini near Srirangapatna to immerse the ashes of the dead and to perform pujas and rituals.— Photo: B. MAHADEVA

The Mandya district administration will renovate the historic Paschima Vahini near Srirangapatna, where Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were immersed in the Cauvery.

The administration plans to utilise the Rs. 1-crore grant from the 13th Finance Commission for the purpose. Mandya Deputy Commissioner B.N. Krishnaiah recently instructed the authorities to prepare a project report.

Adilakshmi, Assistant Director (Department of Tourism), told The Hindu here that the report would be submitted to the Centre soon.

The steps at the ghat would be strengthened and new ones would also be constructed.

Two gardens would be built and railings fixed for the safety of people. There was a proposal to introduce boating too, sources said.

The district administration would develop basic infrastructure along Paschima Vahini and clear the garbage piled up in the area.

Structures

Paschima Vahini has several historic structures belonging to the period of the erstwhile Maharajas of Mysore. However, the bathing ghats and the steps leading to them are on the verge of collapse. Flowers and other materials dumped into the river by devotees have polluted the river.

The administration would start dredging to ensure that there was enough flow of water during summer and the garbage would be cleared regularly, an official said.


  • The steps at the ghat will be strengthened

  • Two gardens will be built and railings fixed


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