Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Karnataka Pradesh Banjara (Lambani) Seva Sangha has urged the Government to extend the lease on the land given to it for another 30 years, and to ensure that the Banjara Bhavan, sanctioned by the Government in Vasantnagar here, is managed and run by the sangha. It should totally devoted to promoting the Banjara culture, religion, literature and education.

Sangha president and former minister B.T. Lalitha Naik told presspersons that the blueprint of the Banjara Bhavan was ready, and the construction was to begin shortly, at a cost of Rs. 6 crore. She urged the Government to grant Rs 3 crores for the project.

Welcoming the Government’s announcement that a Karnataka Banjara Development Corporation would be set up with Rs. 10 crore, Ms. Naik said that the first announcement had been made during Veerappa Moily’s tenure as Chief Minister, with a grant of Rs. 5 crore, and even during former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s tenure as Finance Minister, it had been announced in the Budget.

Apart from this Rs. 1 crore had been promised for the construction of a temple of Sant Sevalal in Sooregondanakoppa.

Sangha working president S. Ramadas Naik said there were indications that the Bangalore Development Authority was trying to acquire the 6-acre plot promised to the sangha and urged the Government to ensure that this did not happen.

Ms. Naik announced that the foundation stone for the Banjara Bhavan would be laid by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy later this month.