KARIMNAGAR: To protect Devuni Gutta (hillock temple) from granite traders, the local writers, poets and historians have come together and launched a movement to stop permission for granite activities on 79 acres of land covering survey number 9 on the hillock and the surrounding area.About six traders applied for granite activities to excavate granite blocks from Laxminarsimha Swamy temple hillock in the past. As hereditary trustee Kalvakota Keerthi Kumar approached the High Court, the mining had been temporarily stopped. However, the traders have started mounting pressure on higher officials to get lease for granite activities. District mines and geology authorities took measurements recently.
Meanwhile, writers, historians and poets took serious view to prevent proposed granite lease. They visited hillock area few days back. They strongly objected proposed granite quarry on historical hillock. After formation of Telangana state, it was expected that granite activities would stop and natural resources could be protected. However, rampant granite activities have been continued, they lamented. Kalvakota Keerthi Kumar wanted temple hillock be declared as historical wealth and protect temples, fort and other old monuments which having surrounding temple hillock and create it as one of the tourist spot.
In 2015, Archeological Survey of India (ASI) inspected and prepared a report on Kotlanarsimhulupalli fort, temple, caves and structures. District administration also rejected permission in view of the historical background of this temple. “Due to stiff resistance we could protect the temple. Similarly, Kotla Narsimhulapalli which is also historical wealth would be protected,” historian S Nagendra Sharma said.
Source: By Naveen Kumar Tallam | Express News Service