Devotees and tourists face sanitation problem at BR Hills

Renowned religious place Biligiri Ranganabetta attracts thousands of pilgrims every day. But toilets built on the hill are not maintained properly by the authorities. The tourists have to bear with the unbearable stench emanating from the toilets.

Toilets were built in order to help thousands of visitors who come every day to visit Ranganatha Swamy temple and the beautiful nature of the hill. After the construction, the washrooms were cleaned and maintained for a few days. Later, due to lack of water and maintenance, washrooms were left abandoned. Now the tourists are struggling due to this.

Washrooms which were built by the tax payers’ money are now not maintained by either the temple administration or the organisation which looked after its construction. Lakhs of rupees have been spent on the toilets but no one, it seems, is ready to take the responsibility.  

“Biligiri Ranganabetta attracts visitors from all parts of the world. Temple administration should take accountability to maintain the toilets to help the visitors. District administration and public representatives need to look into this matter,” says K P Praksh, a resident of Yalandur.

“The toilets are at the top of the hill. It is the responsibility of the temple administration to look after its cleanliness. It doesn’t come under our authority,” said PDO of Biligiri Ranganabetta village panchayat, Manjunath.

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