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Karnataka government plans to make historic Hubballi Temple ‘visible’

History and archeology buffs wishing to visit the 11th century Chandramouleshwar temple in Unkal in City have had difficulty locating the monument due to the narrow lanes, crowded settlement of houses surrounding it and the lack of visibility from the main road.

Finally, a plan is taking shape to solve the long-standing problem of the displacement of houses, especially in front of the temple, and to give the temple the much-needed visibility to attract more tourists. Many homeowners have also come forward to be relocated if compensation and alternative land is needed, as being within 100 meters of the ASI-protected monument has imposed various restrictions on construction activities. and renovation.

On Saturday, MP and former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar visited the temple and interacted with locals. He also asked the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Hubbali-Dharwad Mahanagara Palike (HDMP) and the Department of Revenue to conduct a joint survey to identify houses that need to be relocated.

“Need compensation, land”

“If the Union Government’s ASI provides compensation and the state government provides alternative land, the houses can be moved. Efforts are being made in this regard. Nearly 400 tourists come daily to seek of this Chalukya era temple, and their number would be much more if developed, while the Unkal Cross-Sai Nagar road is also expanding,” Shettar said.

People near the temple are not even able to repair their houses properly, and they are now ready to be relocated, with suitable facilities. Previously, they did not have this consent. Now, steps would be taken for document collection, investigation and joint proposals, to quickly move houses, as well as compensation and alternative land, Shettar noted.

The temple is maintained but needs good visibility. A similar issue at the historic Banashankari Temple in Amargol would also be resolved. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai was also urged to address the long-standing problem of lack of land to relocate the entire village of Aihole to Bagalkot district, he added.

Later he also visited the Banashankari temple in Amargol.

MP Arvind Bellad, HDMP Commissioner Gopal Krishna B, Superintendent ASI (Circle of Dharwad) Reshma Savanth, Tahsildar Shashidhar Madyal, corporators-elect Rajanna Koravi, Tippanna Majjagi, Umeshgouda Kaujageri and others were present.

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