Udupi, June 5, 2015 : The district administration has several plans to improve basic infrastructural facilities in the pilgrim town o Kollur famous for its Goddess Mookambika Temple. A project proposal for Rs 65.64 crores towards an Underground Drainage System, a dining hall complex at the Temple and a drinking water scheme, has been forwarded to the government seeking its approval.
Udupi Deputy Commissioner R Vishal informs that of the total amount a sum of Rs 24.87 crore would be utilised for drinking water facility, Rs 21 crore towards construction of dining hall and another Rs 19.67 crores for having an Under Ground Drainage System.
The DC also hopes that that proposals aimed at providing better facilities to the pilgrims visiting Kollur, would be cleared in the next cabinet meeting.
Here it is worth mentioning that the absence of an Under Ground Drainage system in Kollur had even led to the contamination of Sowparnika as the several lodges and hotels in the town release their wastes to this river . Several environmental organisations including the Kodachadri Samrakshana Parisara Trust have already launched a protest against this.
The proposed drinking water scheme envisages construction of a vented dam across Sowparnika river. The dining hall complex has been proposed as the existing hall is insufficient to accommodate the large number of devotees visiting the shrine. The new four-storied hall will have solar steam facility, lifts, recycling facility as well as a modern kitchen,