Work on Gandhi Bhavan begins

The work on establishing a Gandhi Bhavan in Ballari has commenced.

The erstwhile Siddaramaiah government announced the construction of Gandhi Bhavans in all the districts, each at an estimated cost of Rs. 3 crore, for propagation of Gandhian principles and ideologies, and Ballari is the first in the State to have started work through the Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Corporation.

The maintenance and upkeep of the bhavan would be taken up by the Department of Information and Public Relations. The bhavan is coming up on the premises of the Deputy Commissioner’s office, where a 2,700 sq ft area has been allotted for the purpose.

A sum of Rs. 2.80 crore has been released to the agency and the balance amount is with the Deputy Commissioner and it would be used for setting up a library and for other activities in the bhavan.

As per the approved plan, a Gandhi statue would be installed in front of the building, with landscape around the building.

The building will have a hall, photo galleries pertaining to the freedom struggle, collection of books on Gandhiji, yoga and meditation, among other things, according to K.B. Ramalingappa, Senior Assistant Director, Department of Information and Public Relations.

A seven-member consultative/advisory committee, comprising people following Gandhian principles and ideologies and involved in active social work, social and voluntary organisations, with the Deputy Commissioner as the chairman, would be constituted to chalk out programmes throughout the year.

The bhavan is expected to be ready by mid-2019.

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