: The State government was urged to sanction Rs. 463 crore for augmenting facilities at pilgrim centres in Kurnool district for the ensuing Krishna pushkaram and proposals were sent to the government, District Collector Ch. Vijayamohan said on Tuesday.
Proposals would also be forwarded for sanction of Rs. 100 crore for widening the 3.6-metre-wide Atmakur-Dornala road to 10 metres and to build two bathing ghats at Pathalaganga near the Srisailam temple and two more at the Sangameswaram temple, he said.
The government sanctioned Rs. 1.75 crore for development of the Kolanu Bharathi temple in Kothapalli mandal in Kurnool district, Mr. Vijayamohan said. A master plan was prepared to construct facilities for pilgrims in a 3,600 sq. feet land belonging to the temple, the Collector said during his visit to it along with Kurnool Range DIG B.V. Ramana Kumar.
A dormitory, a kalyana mantapam, modernisation of the temple tank, flooring and other amenities and public toilets would be constructed. He told officials to make arrangements for darsanam and “aksharabhyasam” for devotees visiting the temple.
A welcome arch would be built on the road leading to the Kolanubharathi temple, the Collector said and asked endowments officials to not sanction land to others. He instructed the Tehsildar to finalise the boundaries of Kolanubharathi pilgrim centres by Friday.
Later, he inspected farm ponds near Sivapuram village. Workers told him that were not issued job cards and they lacked crowbars to dig the farm ponds. He promised assured issue of jobs cards and provide crowbars by Wednesday. He also promised sanction of farm ponds and borewells to all the farmers who come forward.