Hyderabad: Minister for Tourism and Excise V Srinivas Goud has said that the Union government has sanctioned Rs 5.95 crore to undertake repairs to the “Kalyana Mantapam” of the 1000 Pillars temple in Warangal. The Archeological Society of India (ASI) was supposed to start the work but it was delayed because of Covid-19, he said, replying to queries on heritage structures in Warangal district during Question hour at the legislative Council here.
The Minister said that three structures, the 1000 Pillars temple, Warangal fort and the Ramappa temple are under the ASI. He said that works on the Kalyana Mantapam will begin soon after tenders are called for.
Answering a question raised by Pochampally Srinivas Reddy, he said that the State government has no authority to undertake repairs to the structures which are under the jurisdiction of ASI. “However only National Monuments Authority , can grant permission for repairs to structures that fall under the 101-300 meter area from the actual monument.
He said that following works were undertaken by the State Heritage department after bifurcation of the State by the State government: Inavolu Mallikharjuna Swamy temple at a cost of 40 lakh, Kondaparthy Trikuta Shivalayam at cost of Rs 1 crore, Jakaram Trikuta Shiva temple at a cost of Rs 1 crore, Kilashapur fort in Jangaon district at cost of Rs 1 crore, Jafargarh fort also in Jangaon at a cost of 80 lakhs and Rs 385 lakh for construction of a museum at Warangal fort .
The Minister said that the State government has sent proposals for repairs to the following under the 15th Finance Commission: Jafargarh, Jangaon Trikuta temple, Ghanpeswar Temple in Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Bussapur Narasimha Swamy temple, two Trikuta temples in Warangal rural, Ekaveerra Ellamma temple in Warangal rural, museum in Warangal and for reconstruction of Inavolu Mallikharjuna temple.
He added that the proposal for a heritage tag to Ramappa temple has been sent to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)in the year of 2016.
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