Mysuru: “Before taking up any kind of developmental work in Chamundi Hill, the opinion of experts should be sought,” said MLA of Chamundeshwari Constituency G. T. Deve Gowda .
In a media release issued here on Tuesday January 24, he stated that the Central Government’s Prasad (Pilgrimage rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive), the development works planned by the State Tourism Department under the Project may harm the natural configuration, natural beauty and religious sanctity of the hill. The citizens who are concerned about the environment and the devotees of Goddess Chamundeshwari are expressing a lot of concern. He stated that it came to know through the media that before doing these development works, experts’ opinion should be sought and only environmental friendly works should be done.
Further, he mentioned, “Since Chamundi Hill falls under my Constituency, I have taken these reports in the media seriously and after discussing with some experts and environmentalists, I felt that the views expressed by them are correct. Experts opine that the natural configuration of Chamundi Hill is very delicate and fragile. In such a situation, without knowing the bearing capacity of the hill, the possibility of building concrete structures may prove dangerous.”
He stated as MLA of this Constituency, my first duty is to protect Chamundi Hill and understand the feelings of the devotees of Goddess Chamundeshwari and the citizens who are concerned about the environment. Therefore, it is advisable to seek the opinion of geoscientists, environmentalists and heritage experts before starting the development works proposed to be done under the Central Government’s Prasad scheme on Chamundi Hill. The concerned are requested not to do any kind of works on the hill till various experts give their opinion.”
G. T. Devegowda added that the Deputy Commissioner will take appropriate steps in this regard and consult with various experts.