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Chalukya Utsav inaugurated

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‘Separate body for protection of monuments under study'

Cultural feast:Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa inaugurating the Chalukya Utsav in Bagalkot on Saturday.
Cultural feast:Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa inaugurating the Chalukya Utsav in Bagalkot on Saturday.

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has promised to take steps to relocate 600 families residing at the heritage site here.

Speaking after inaugurating the three-day Chalukya Utsav, jointly organised by the district administration, zilla panchayat and the Kannada and Culture Department here on Saturday, he said that a Rs. 30-crore action plan had been prepared for the relocation of residential areas.

A final decision in this regard would be taken after a discussion at the Cabinet meeting, the Chief Minister added.

To promote tourism, the State Government had allocated Rs. 230 crore in the budget and there were also plans to set up a separate body for protection and maintenance of prominent historical places in the State.

Conservation

Kannada and Culture Minister Govind Karjol said the Government was making efforts to protect monuments belonging to 12{+t}{+h}century ‘Sharanas', who had made significant contributions for the development of Kannada literature. Every year, Rs 5 crore is being released for the maintenance of monuments.

Veeranna Charantimath, MLA, presided over the function.

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