Mulugu: Several development works, including construction of an auditorium at an estimated cost of Rs 5 crore, two arches, Shilpakalavedika (gallery of arts and crafts), a school of sculpture and a huge Shivalingam, will be taken up near the historical and architectural marvel of Ramappa temple in the district, said Pochampally Srinivas Reddy, MLC. Reddy met the District Collector C Narayana Reddy and other officials to discuss the proposed works at the latter’s office here on Monday.
While one arch will come up on the main road, another one will come up at the temple with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds and the Shivalingam in the island in the Ramappa tank.
“It was decided to construct Shilpakalavedika and school of sculpture in 10 acres of the land,” Srinivas Reddy said, adding that these facilities would be taken with the assistance of the Centre and State governments. “As a part of this, discussions are being held with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and State officials,” he added. Meanwhile, a team of ASI representatives, State Archaeological Department and Kakatiya Heritage Trust (KHT) is scheduled to visit Paris on November 22 as part of the exercise to get the World Heritage site tag for the 800-year-old Ramalingeshwara temple (Ramappa). He hoped that Ramappa would become an international tourist place, once it is given the world heritage site tag.
Srinivas Reddy also said that a committee would be formed by District Collector Narayana Reddy with officials from different departments in connection with these works. Meanwhile, Srinivas Reddy also said that the State government was trying to get National Festival tag for the Sammakka-Saralamma Jatara in Medaram. Telangana Vikalangula Cooperative Corporation chairman Dr K Vasudeva Reddy, ZP Chairman K Jagadeesh and vice-chairperson Bade Nagajyothi accompanied the MLC.