K.N. Murali Sankar

Chief Minister likely to lay foundation stones

Ghat road works scheduled to be completed within a week

Construction of ‘Rajagopuram’ on the top of the list of works

VIJAYAWADA: With the successful conduct of Dasara festivities, officials of Sri Durga Malleswara Swamivarla Devasthanam are now focusing on completion of the development works atop Indrakeeladri.

The ghat road widening works are scheduled for completion within a week and foundation stones will be laid for works estimated to cost Rs. 69 crores after Deepavali festival. The plan is to invite Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy as chief guest for the laying of foundation stones.

The long-pending construction of ‘Rajagopuram’ is on the top of the list of works to be taken up. The engineering department has already given the markings for the project to build the Rajagopuram.

The work, which was estimated to cost Rs. 1.17 crores when it was proposed first in 1986, will now cost Rs. 10 crores.

As the then Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao had laid the foundation stone for the project, the officials are now planning to perform ‘Bhoomi Puja’ at the site.

Construction of a seven-storeyed ‘Mallikarjuna Maha Mandapam’ in front of the ‘Rajagopuram’ and two ramps connecting the Mandapam is estimated to cost about Rs. 31 crores.

Construction of dormitories at C.V. Reddy Charities will cost Rs. 15 crores and dormitories at Seetanagaram and VIP suites at Jammi Doddi will cost Rs. 2.1 crores and Rs. 2.2 crores respectively.

A few minor works will also be taken up along with the major projects. Tenders will be finalised within a week and the works will be commenced after the ceremonial launch.

Pending works

Speaking to The Hindu, Executive Engineer of the Devasthanam K.V.S.R. Koteswara Rao expressed happiness over the progress of the long-pending works. “We have been operating the Devasthanam buses on the ghat road for the past four days. As the works are going on, we are not allowing outside vehicles to move on the ghat road now,” he said, adding that the officials were keen on completing the works at the earliest. “Once the works are completed, the temple will sport a new look and it will be easier for us to manage the crowd during special occasions like Dasara and Bhavani Deeksha Viramana,” Mr. Rao explained.