Mangalore April 14: The excitement of the inauguration of the much awaited International Sports Complex at Bangra Kuloor that was carried out on Wednesday, April 14, in the presence of V S Acharya, State Home Minister, took a beating after a temple land dispute surfaced on the occasion.
With the stadium requiring 16 acres of land, and the process of further acquisition of land being taken up by the authorities for the purpose, authorities of the Sri Guru Vaidyanatheshwar Kordabbu Diawasthana located nearby have raised an objection. “The Daivasthana has been here for ages. It is a prominent spiritual centre with areas such as Kottara Chowki to Kulooru Bridge and Panjimogaru coming under its radius. More than one lakh devotees visit this place for Nemotsava”, revealed Ranganath Salian, Temple Priest, Sri Guru Vaidyanatheshwar Kordabbu Diawasthana.
“There are nearly 60 houses around the Daiwasthana. It comprises of nearly 8 to 10 acres of agricultural land. This place is also extensively used by cattle for grazing”, Salian added.
The Priest as well as other localites were of the opinion that shifting of the Daivasthana is not possible, but Dr V S Acharya felt otherwise and said that it could be replaced while maintaining that the government knew the importance of daiwas of this region.
Addressing the gathering after inauguration and carrying out the foundation stone laying ceremony Acharya termed the event as a milestone. He asserted that to establish a good sports complex everyone’s cooperation is required. After Bangalore, Mangalore is the place that witnesses vibrant activities. The need for greater sports activities in the city will be satisfied with the establishment of this sports complex, he disclosed.
The government is ready to support this project. Include all locals in the development of this project. Set up a meeting in Bangalore with the KSCA and let us discuss the issue. I wish the new project a great success, Acharya said.
Krishna J Palemar, District in-charge Minister, in his address said that the day is a happy one for Mangaloreans. This sports complex will be the first in Karnataka to have International facilities. It will stand out as one of the marked developments in Karnataka.
Nowadays people are protesting against developmental activities. Even with regard to the MSEZ, all the work has been done and it is very much ready to start functioning but people are opposing it. There are a lot of middle men who come as brokers to fix an agreement between two parties. They should be avoided, he revealed.
“We have another 3 years and we will develop the state as much as possible”, he proclaimed. Citing the apparent success of Volvo buses he said that Mangalorens are very cooperative. All the buses are jam packed. They are supporting development. He congratulated the DC and said that he works day and night for the development of the Mangalore, in spite of the fact that he is not a local.
Dr Devdas Rai ,Vice President, DKCA, said that presently in the four and half acres of land that is available, we have planned to bring up a Sports club that would include a Club house office, tennis court, and a small cricket ground. Membership fees would be charged to join the cricket club. There are positive responses from the cricketing world from Mangalore and other areas, he informed.
Nalin Kumar Kateel Member of Parliament, Yogish Bhat, MLA, Abhayachandra Jian, MLA, Dr Shantaram Shetty, Nagaraj Shetty, V Ponnuraj, DC, Dakshina Kannada, Dr Srikant Rai, were also present on the occasion.