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Proposal for `sound and light' system at Gol Gumbaz submitted to Centre

EXQUISITE: A view of the Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur  



Staff Correspondent

Rs. 2 crores is needed for the implementation of the project: Deputy Commissioner

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BIJAPUR: The district administration has submitted a fresh proposal to the Union Tourism Ministry for the establishment of a "sound and light" system at the complex of Gol Gumbaz.

Disclosing this at the "Heritage Walk" programme organised by the district administration,

Archaeological Survey of India Museum, Department of Heritage and the Bijapur Urban Development Authority (BUDA), Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Mohsin said Rs. 2 crores is needed for the purpose.

Appeal

He appealed to the Bijapur MP Basanagouda R. Patil Yatnal and other elected representatives from the district to take up the matter with the Union Ministry and get the proposal approved at the earliest.

Besides, Mr. Mohsin said, the Department of Tourism has sent a proposal to the Centre seeking Rs. 5 crores to develop Bijapur district as a major tourist destination.

The "Heritage Walk" event is part of a series of programme initiated by the district administration in association with other departments on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of Gol Gumbaz, he added.

Mr. Yatnal, who inaugurated the event, announced his support to the district administration's proposals for the development of the district. There are many projects related to the State pending at the Centre. It is very difficult to get them sanctioned without political pressure. In fact, he said, the "sound and light" project was sanctioned when Jagmohan was heading the Tourism and Culture Ministry in the National Democratic Alliance Government. The Ministry had also sanctioned Rs. 2 crores for the rejuvenation of the Narasimha Temple here. However, the schemes were put on the backburner with the change of guard at the Centre.

Stating that some long distance trains launched during his tenure as Minister of State for Railways have helped in bringing more tourists to Bijapur, he said once the Bijapur-Gadag gauge conversion work is over it will become a major route linking many cities. It will also give a big boost to tourism, he added.

The former president of the BUDA Riyaz Faruqui urged the Department of ASI to shift its regional office to Bijapur from Dharwad. Bijapur city alone has 90 protected monuments of national importance under the ASI where as there are only a few in Dharwad, he said. He emphasised the need to make efforts to include Gol Gumbaz in the list of World Heritage sites of the UNESCO.

Deputy Superintending Archaeologist S.S. Naik spoke. BUDA Commissioner Beerendra Poojari welcomed the gathering.