Amidst raging controversy over the proposed road widening to the Chamundi Hills, here comes a shocker. A commercial complex is being built on the road that leads to the shrine violating all rules and regulations under the very sanctity of the iconic hills.
Two more floors are blatantly being constructed atop the ground floor where a hotel is functioning at present and despite being an eyesore, the authorities, are allowing it turning a blind eye to the appeals from public, noted litterateurs citizen groups and environment activists.
Bringing this to the notice of City Today, M Mahadevaswamy, a Gram Panchayat member from Chamundi Hills, Mysuru Taluk said that the hotel, Chamundi Krupa, atop the hills had come up some time back in Survey Number 27 that belongs to the government.
“Survey Number 27 has been classified as Government Gomala and the hotel coming up in this area itself is an illegality. In all, it is a 5 acre 6 guntas of land and the government had handed over 1 acre 24 guntas to the Muzarai Department subject to certain conditions.
The land has been handed over so that the department could construct a Kalyana Mantap and other development structures,” he said. Pulling out records, Mahadevaswamy said that as per the documents provided by the revenue officers, the land houses a Dasoha Bhavana building, public toilet, guest house, Gram Panchayat building, forest department building, a police station, one hotel and a Big Bazaar.
“Strangely, the authorities have sanctioned permission to private parties to build the hotel and Big Bazaar and there is no clarity on how a private party’s buildings can be constructed in a Government Gomala land,” he revealed.
“On 23.03.2016, I had filed a complaint against these private constructions with the Tahsildar giving the officer a complete set of documents urging him to initiate action. Unfortunately, the construction has not stopped and there is no action from the Tahsildar,” he alleged.
Records show that the local Panchayat Development Officer (PDO) has allowed G Kalaiah, son of late Girigaiah to construct a hotel in the Government Gomala adjoining the government road near the Dasoha Bhavana. The document, in Form 11 B, has been issued on 12-122014 and had asked him to pay a tax of Rs 12,795.
“Though the PDO has given the permission, the green signal from the Deputy Commissioner is required here as Chamundi Hills is a heritage place. The DC’s permission has not been taken to construct the hotel and now, additional floors are being built illegally,” Mahadevaswamy alleged.
MLA OPPOSES CONSTRUCTION
Area MLA G T Devegowda had opposed the construction of the hotel and had questioned the move by the authorities to grant permission.