Vijayawada

Plan to construct toilets atDurga Nagar draws flak

Toilets being constructed at Arjuna Veedhi in One Town area of Vijayawada.

Toilets being constructed at Arjuna Veedhi in One Town area of Vijayawada.   | Photo Credit: V RAJU.

Vijayeswara temple panel members raise objections

Sri Durga Malleswara Swamyvarla Devasthanam’s plan to construct toilets at Kanaka Durga Nagar has triggered a controversy with devotees of Vijayeswara Swamy temple raising objections.

The Kanaka Durga temple has taken up construction of toilets and shopping complex at Kanaka Durga Nagar with a cost of ₹1.5 crore. The construction was taken up to provide basic amenities to the devotees visiting the temple and also shift the shopping complex, which used to be located on the ghat road.

The problem cropped as the area earmarked for it is very close to the Vijayeswara Swamy temple. The devotees visiting this temple will face hardships if the toilets were constructed there. The Vijayeswara Swamy temple committee members say that they will not raise any objection if the shopping complex is constructed there instead.

The committee members point out that they parted with 800 sq. yards of land belonging to the temple for construction of the retaining wall of Indrakeeladri. In the process, the main entrance of the Vijayeswara Swamy temple was removed, they recalled.

The Kanaka Durga temple authorities initially planned to shift the shops to the ground floor of Mallikarjuna Mahamandapam from the ghat road.

Shops

Following criticism that parking area was being converted to shopping space, the temple planned to shift the shops to the fifth floor of the mandapam.

The access to the fifth floor, however, was closed forcing the shopkeepers to take up the matter with the public representatives. Subsequently, construction of 14 shops at Kanaka Durga Nagar is planned.

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