Thousand Pillar Temple to be spruced up

“We have already paid Rs 2 crore to the occupants as compensation and we will initiate the demolition soon,” KUDA planning officer (PO) E Ajit Reddy said.

By Author  |  Published: 16th Jan 2017  7:44 pm
File Photo: Thousand Pillar Temple, Warangal

Warangal Urban: In an attempt to add elegance to Thousand Pillar Temple in the city, the Kakatiya Urban Development Authority (KUDA) will remove the structures (residences and commercial establishments) within the 100-metre radius of the temple soon.

The removal of these structures in the northeast is aimed at facilitating the visitors to have a grandiose view of the temple from a distant location. As the temple is now surrounded by these structures, it offers no scope to the visitors have a good view unless they come closer to the temple.

According to official sources, about 20 occupants have been given compensation for giving away 3,000 square yards of the land where they own houses and commercial buildings.

Speaking to Telangana Today, KUDA planning officer (PO) E Ajit Reddy said, “We have already paid Rs 2 crore to the occupants as compensation and we will initiate the demolition soon. With the demolition, we can create a prohibited zone within the 100-metre radius,” he added.

The KUDA officials are contemplating to develop a beautiful landscape garden on the premises of this temple constructed in 1163 AD by the great king of Kakatiya dynasty Rudra Deva.

This architectural marvel was also included in the tentative list of the World Heritage Sites of the UNESCO.

INTACH, Warangal, convener and former professor of NIT M Panduranga Rao said, “There is a need to create a 100-metre prohibited and 200-metre restricted zones at the temple as per the regulations of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and national heritage rules so as to achieve the world heritage tag.”