Staff Correspondent

It will accommodate additional work It will accommodate additional work

  • It will take about 40 days to complete the work
  • Nigam to seek the cooperation of devotees

    MADIKERI: The estimate for the renovation and reconstruction of the Talacauvery and Bhagamandala temples in Kodagu under the Cauvery Neeravari Nigam has been increased to Rs. 15.50 crore from Rs. 12 crore, managing director of the nigama K.R. Srinivas said here on Thursday.

    All work would be completed by May next year, Mr. Srinivas, told presspersons. He visited Talacauvery and Bhagamandala in the morning to review the progress of the work, along with Deputy Commissioner, Subodh Yadav, technical advisor to the nigama, T.D. Manmohan, PWD executive engineer, Basappa. The estimate had to be revised owing to additional work. About 60 per cent of the work was complete and over Rs. 6 crore paid to the contractor.

    When asked about the additional work, Mr. Manmohan, technical advisor to the nigama, said a choultry (demolishing the old one), office of the temple, police outpost, a couple of stalls selling puja items, rooms for the "takka" (headman of the temple) and priests, change room for ladies and men, were added later to the project. Besides, a "Vasanta Mantapa" facing Lord Maha Ganapathi and Sri Agasthyeshwara temple, had been built already. Toilet facilities would be provided at the cellar of the building, away from the main pond. Apart from this, the teakwood structures at Bhagamanadala temples needed to be replaced.

    Mr. Srinivas said the bottom of the main pond facing the "Brahma Kundike" would be emptied to chisel out the protruding rocky bottom of the pond, which would have to be done manually. Later, perforated granite slabs would be placed to maintain clean flat surface under water. The nigama would seek the cooperation of the devotees and others concerned because it would require about 40 days to complete the work. He agreed with Mr. Manmohan saying the "Brahma Kundike" had become dilapidated and it required immediate attention. However, it would be done in consultation with all concerned after completion of work since it was a sensitive issue.

    Deputy Commissioner, Subodh Yadav, said the district administration would submit a fresh proposal to the nigama seeking funds to construct hand-railing from the Talacauvery shrine to the top of the Brahmagiri mountain, roughly estimated at a cost of Rs. 10 lakh, retaining a wall to prevent caving in of the bund at the Sri Harischandra temple at Palur (Rs. 20 lakh) and identical amount for construction of a bridge at Teppadakandi, connecting Kodagu and Mysore district, across river Cauvery.