Study called on mining impact around Sandur temples

A people’s movement to protect the ancient Kumaraswamy and Parvati temples in Sandur taluk, Ballari district, seems to have had its impact with the government directing the National Institute of Rock Mechanics (NIRM) to carry out a study on the impact of mining in the vicinity of the ancient temples.

A work order was issued on June 29 by the Director, Department of Mines and Geology (DMG), after discussing the issue and also approving the cost of Rs. 51.67 lakh for the purpose at a meeting held on June 22.

The director has asked the agency to carry out a study in the presence of officials concerned and submit the report through ASI.

The director also wanted the agency to collect the base data of the present status of the temple and suggest regular monitoring systems with regard to measure the impact periodically due to blasting and mining.

Meanwhile, the district unit of the Jan Sangram Parishat (JSP), while welcoming the decision, wanted the National Institute of Rock Mechanics to also include other historical monuments.

JSP, which is spearheading a movement to protect the ancient temples, the biodiversity of the Sandur forest demanding ban on mining around the ancient temples and declaring it as National Heritage Zone, submitted a memorandum to NIRM in this regard, through the tahsildar on Friday.

“Most of the temples are very ancient and needs to be protected to preserve the heritage. We urge NIRM to include all the monuments in its study on the impact of mining and submit a report,” Srishail Aldahalli, Secretary of JSP told
The Hindu
.

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