Mahamastakabhisheka works will be over by January 10: CM

Works for the Mahamastakabhisheka, scheduled to be held in February 2018, will be completed by January 10, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told presspersons here on Saturday.

He spoke to media after holding a review meeting with officers.

“Mahamastakabhisheka is scheduled to begin on February 7. The President is expected to attend the event. I have directed the officers to complete all works latest by January 10. I will again come here on January 15,” he said.

The State government had allocated ₹175 crore for the works. The construction of the scaffolding for the Gomateshwara statue will be completed in a month as 70% of the work is already over, the CM said. Charukeerthy Bhattaraka Swamy of Jain Mutt was keen on the construction of buildings for Prakrit University.

“The State government has allocated ₹21 crore for the university. The tenders for construction of library, teaching block and hostel have been floated. November 30 is the last day. The works will begin soon,” he said. Regarding the funds from the Centre, he said, “So far, the Centre has not provided us funds. I have written to the PM and H.D. Deve Gowda himself met the PM requesting funds. But there is no sign of releasing funds. It would be good if they provide funds,” he added.

Minister in-charge of Hassan A. Manju, C.N. Balakrishna, MLA, special officer for mahamastakabhisheka Rakesh Singh and senior officers of various departments were present.

Earlier, the CM inspected construction of temporary townships, upgradation of the bus stand and other works. He also met Charukeethy Bhattaraka Swamy and discussed the progress of works.