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State Government urged to improve the condition of roads in the district

Rs. 1-crore heritage centre to be built in Kodagu Gaddige to be renovated as part of the main package Funds to be allocated to do up Dubare Elephant Camp Nalknad Palace to get a facelift

Madikeri: The Centre has provided Rs. 5 crores to develop tourism and heritage-related works in Kodagu district, which is routed through the State Government, the former Union Secretary of Tourism Rathi Vinay Jha said on Tuesday.

She was here to address the students of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan-Kodagu Vidyalaya School.

She said a part of the funds will be used for construction of a Rs. 1-crore heritage centre. Availability of land was being explored to set up the centre, she said.

Funds were diverted to the Indian National Trust for Art Culture and Heritage (INTACH) to do up the Nalknad Palace, at Yavakapadi village, near Kakkabe, in Madikeri taluk. Renovation of Gaddige - mausoleums of the former rulers of Kodagu - was covered under the package, she said. She said a part of the funds were given to develop the Dubare Elephant Camp managed by the Jungle Lodges and Resorts.

Ms. Jha lauded the "home stay" concept that has become popular in Kodagu district. She said it will help in tourism promotion in the district. Kodagu district should guard itself against any attempt to defile the serene atmosphere in the garb of developing tourism.

She expressed unhappiness about the condition of roads in Kodagu. She said having rail link to Kodagu district will cause other problems.

Ms. Jha called upon the students to put in best efforts to excel in academics.

She urged the girls to show determination and work hard. Students needed to be more competent to reach the top in this competitive world.

Ms. Jha is the Director-General of the Fashion Design Council of India, an apex body for the promotion of fashion industry in the country.

K.P. Uthappa, chairman of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kodagu Kendra; Directors of the institution Meena Cariappa, Belliappa, and Major C.U. Monnappa and Principal Rani Appaiah were present.