Karnataka: Historic shrine dismantled for Almatti Dam in 1997 awaits reconstruction | Bengaluru Information

Karnataka: Historical shrine dismantled for Almatti Dam in 1997 awaits reconstruction | Bengaluru News - Times of India

ALMATTI (VIJAYAPURA): The folks of Chimmalagi, one of many 136 villages that now lies submerged within the waters following the development of the Almatti Dam in 1997, weren’t given a lot trigger for criticism after the federal government ensured all those that misplaced their properties had been adequately compensated, and subsequently rehabilitated to what’s as we speak Chimmalagi-2.
Nonetheless, practically a quarter-of-a-century later, the temples that dotted the village, a few of which dated again to the twelfth century, are but to be reconstructed – a non secular void that the resettled villagers nonetheless really feel keenly.
The unique stones of those partially dismantled temples had been preserved on the Vandal Railway Station, however the wait for his or her reconstruction in what’s the new avatar of the Chimmalagi village continues.
Pontiff-designate of the Aralale Katte Sansthan Hiremath, Chimmalagi Siddarenuka Devaru stated that the Kedareshwar and Somanatheshwar temples dated again to the primary century AD. “Historical past books inform us that Chimmalagi was a metropolis within the first century AD, and its significance as an city centre chronicled by an Egyptian historian. The Channarama temple was constructed within the twelfth century. The federal government seems to be blind to the archaeological worth of the shrine,” Siddarenuka Devaru advised TOI.
Chimmalagi residents Shivu Gadigeppagoudar, Mustafa Makandar, Ramu Jagatap, Mallanagouda Narasanagoudar, amongst others, identified that the rehabilitation and resettlement of the village was began in 1995, and accomplished two years later. They remembered that the federal government had determined to relocate 21 historic temples.
“A number of the village elders had then argued that the funds weren’t enough for reconstruction of temples. The officers had allayed their fears by promising disbursal of enough funds for the aim. However no blueprint was furnished for the proposed reconstruction of temples. For the reason that village elders remained apprehensive concerning the proposal, the shifting of the temple was placed on maintain. The survey was performed in 1982 to ’84, however the authorities’s evaluation of the price of reconstruction has not been adjusted to inflation,” they rued.
A retired official who had labored on the Higher Krishna Challenge at Almatti within the Nineties recalled that the village elders had been misled by the politicians. “The federal government relocated 136 villages within the area. However the elders of Chimmalagi felt that the funds allotted for reconstruction of temples weren’t enough.
If that they had accepted the funds, they may then have acquired 30% in solatium (compensation) or funds from the Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Ltd, the MLA’s native space growth corpus,” the official stated.
Particular deputy commissioner for rehabilitation and resettlement in Bagalkot Somaling Gennur, nevertheless, stated that funds had been disbursed for the reconstruction of temples in 1996-97. “Our data present {that a} committee comprising an officer from the rehabilitation board and villagers was constituted. However work on reconstruction was halted after villagers raised considerations over inadequacy of funds. However we’ve got despatched the memorandum submitted by the villagers to the federal government,” Gennur stated.

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