Special Correspondent

UNESCO provides a grant of $4,600 for the plan at this world famous heritage site

BANGALORE: The State Government has prepared a comprehensive plan for protection of monuments at the world famous heritage site at Hampi in Bellary district and the United Nations Economic, Social and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has granted $4,600 for the purpose.

Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, Home Minister M.P. Prakash, who is also in charge of Bellary district, said 236 sq. km had been declared as heritage zone at Hampi. UNESCO had given approval for the construction of a bridge connecting Anegundi with Venkatapura at Hampi. The Public Works Department would construct the bridge and the work would be completed in three months.

Earlier, UNESCO had opposed the construction of the bridge on the grounds that it would harm the monuments at Hampi. Mr. Prakash said the corrective measures such as construction of a bypass to divert heavy traffic from the heritage area, enforcement of traffic regulations and removal of encroachments were taken upThe bypass road was constructed at cost of Rs. 3 crore. A plan had been prepared to develop infrastructure, set up an information centre and construct buildings for providing accommodation facilities for tourists. The authority had acquired 232 acres to take up various construction works, he said.