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Chamundi Hills: From divine destination to ultra-modern tourist spot?

Saturday, January 29, 2022

As part of the new developmental project, the Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha and Chamundeshwari MLA G.T. Devegowda performed guddali puja for Rs. 3.81 crore Food Zone atop Chamundi Hill.

A 196 new concrete stalls will come upon the divine hills to accommodate various vendors atop the hill. According to reports, this is in addition to the existing 116 stalls, which were constructed to accommodate the vendors.

34 stalls will deal with flowers, fruits and coconuts to cater to the devotees. 137 stalls will be for shops dispensing general items. But interestingly, there will be 25 stalls exclusively for eateries and will be grouped as a food zone.

Is the plan to make the hill a commercial hub? It is necessary that there should be all the basic amenities at Chamundi hill. There is already concrete construction on the hill to make a parking lot for 600 plus vehicles. The new concrete building is in addition to that. A Foodcourt with 25plus stalls serving various dishes at the temple premise.

Do they have any plan on keeping the temple premise clean and handling the litter and huge quantities of solid waste generated from these stalls?

How many food stalls are there at food courts in any of the popular malls in Mysuru? Since the Chamundi hill is not very far from the city, the visitors can always return to the hill always can return to the city or on the foothills after a divine visit to the hills for any commercial activities.

Every concrete constitution at the divine hills like Chamundi Hills, an eco-sensitive area, will adversely affect its ecological balance and religious sanctity.

Authorities should prioritise projects such as the arrangement for drinking water supply, disposal of food waste, and sanitation at the Chamundi hill where a large number of people are visiting on a daily basis.

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