Mysuru: Former minister and K R Nagar MLA Sa Ra Mahesh on Thursday accused incumbent Deputy Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri Dasari of practicing favouritism when she was previously the commissioner of the Department of Religious and Charitable Endowments.
Mahesh who produced documents to corroborate his allegations, claimed that Karnataka state government had approved a plan to build a 300 rooms guest house (after razing the existing structure- Karnataka state choultry-built by the Maharajas of Mysuru), Kalyana Mantapa and other facilities at Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh, at the cost of Rs 200 crore, on June 30. The state owns 7.05 acres of land at Tirumala and the new structure is intended to provide accommodation to the devotees from Karnataka visiting Tirumala.
The project was handed over to Tirupati Tirumala Development Board which is identified as the agency to execute and manage the works. While TTD Trust will maintain the facility. However, the department of religious and charitable endowments of Karnataka will monitor, oversee and regulate the works, said Mahesh.
Architecture and Engineering Designing Firm of Karnataka had prepared the blue print and detailed project report (DPR). However, the architecture, landscaping and interior design related works were entrusted to M/s Gayathri and Namith Architects (GNA) of the same state (AP). What was the necessity to award the project to outside the state architects ignoring our own architects? Mahesh questioned, making oblique reference to Rohini Sindhuri who also hails from Andhra Pradesh.
Land is ours and state government is funding the project. But the work is given to other state experts, why? Our PWD officials are efficient to handle the project, said Mahesh.