Mysuru: Century old Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion at Manasagangotri is all set for restoration with Kannada and Culture, Energy Minister V. Sunil Kumar keen on safeguarding the heritage structure for posterity. Minister inspected the mansion along with officials in the City on Saturday May 7.
Mesmerised by the exhibits of folklore museum at the mansion, Sunil kumar said “We are ready to take up the restoration immediately by entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with University of Mysore. We will retain the Folklore Museum and also house the Centre of Excellence for Studies in Classical Kannada in the mansion. Deccan Heritage Foundation has prepared a Detailed Project Report for Rs. 27 Crore. We will discuss and soon take up the restoration works,’ he added.
Minister also informed that he along with Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha met Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and sought grants from the Central govern6ment for the upgradation of the Classical Kannada Centre.
University of Mysore Vice Chancellor Prof G. Hemanth Kumar said “We have explained about the inevitability for restoration and they have also agreed. We are happy and will table the subject before the next syndicate meeting and further take it to the government level.”
Conservation Engineer and Deccan Heritage Foundation’s Sharath Chandra said “the roof part is highly damaged and some portions have collapsed. Structural stability has been inspected and the ground floor is intact, but the remaining works must be taken up soon. We have estimated Rs. 27 Crore and if we get work order, the work shall be
completed in two years,” Sharath Chandra added.
Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha, MLA L. Nagendra and Kuvempu Institute of Kannada Studies Chairman M. G. Manjunath, Kannada and Culture Assistant Director H. Channappa and Joint Director V. N. Mallikarjunaswamy were present.