In a conflicting statement, Karnataka Rajya Hindulidavargagala Jagrutha Vedike state president K S Shivaram said that the state government has not officially approved the four-lane road project for Chamundi Hills; the agitation by NGOs and leaders of various parties is politically motivated. On behalf of the government, the Deputy Commissioner should come out with a clarification to stop the ongoing agitations.
Addressing a press conference on Friday in the city, Shivaram said that Chamundi Temple atop the hills is visited by thousands of pilgrims and tourists from across the country and world. “Providing basic facilities atop the hills is a necessity for which the government has taken up the developmental works in eight acres of land. However, the political parties are trying to take mileage out of it. The recent agitation by
NGOs and leaders is politically motivated. The government officially has not approved any four- lane project to the hills. The ongoing work at Chamundi Hills is towards providing parking facility which could accommodate 600 cars, shelter for pilgrims and toilet facilities for the pilgrims. We, the residents of the city should not oppose such works which is for the benefit of the people. The loopholes in the project may be sorted out by suggesting alternatives.”
Further he said that “I wonder why political representatives are mum over the issue. Deputy Commissioner should speak out, clarify over the issue in the interests of Mysureans.
Samajavadi Party state president C T Acharya, corporator H S Prakash, Karnataka Rajya Hindulidavargagala Jagrutha Vedike general secretary A H Krishnegowda and Raju of Akhila Karnataka Bhuvi Yuva Vedike were present.