Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: The inability of the district administration to identify land for the newly-formed Dr. Gangubai Hanagal Music and Performing Arts University has become a major hurdle in starting the academic activity.

Meanwhile, the delay in land identification has caused unhappiness among musicians, writers and music lovers. They have formed the Kala Poshakara Okkoota to pressure the Government to facilitate academic activities from this year itself.

Okkoota honorary president and writer D. Javare Gowda set March last week as the deadline for the Government to sort out the land allotment issue. The okkoota threatened to intensify their agitation if there was no decision before the deadline.

Alternative land

Even as the 100 acres of land (Survey No. 469) at Varakodu village in Varuna Assembly Constituency allotted to the music university in August 2009 created a controversy because of opposition from the Department of Forests, the district administration has identified over 30 acres of land at Madahalli on the Bogadi-Gaddige road. Officials are in the process of convincing Vice-Chancellor Hanumanna Naik Dore to accept the allotment.

Dr. Dore has so far refused to accept the offer, claiming that the land was too small to set up a university. Speaking to The Hindu .

Dr. Dore also claimed that the Madahalli land also belonged to the Forest Department, “We have already landed in trouble because the district administration allotted forest land. We do not want to get involved in another administrative tangle”, he said.

Dr. Dore is in favour of land at Varakodu because of its proximity to the city and the sylvan setting. “It is easy for students from Mandya and Chamarajanagar districts to attend classes at the university as the T. Narsipur Main Road passes through Varakodu. Madahalli is remote compared to Varakodu and there is no transport facility. Security of women students and teachers will be a major problem there,” he said.