Bantwal: The pre independence era buildings here will enter the pages of history soon with mini Vidhana Soudha getting ready to replace them soon. The Sub-registrar’s office, Press Club and the Mahatma Gandhi memorial building which houses the election office will be razed down to make way for a private bus-stand in the future.
Old Banwal Block Development Office (Taluk Panchayat), Panemanagluru Nada Kacheri, Social Welfare Department office, food and forest offices which remained the activity centres for decades will be history soon with most getting shifted to mini Vidhana Soudha. Sub-registrar office will start functioning from the first floor of mini Vidhana Soudha which is being built on PPP model.
The Sub-Registar office which commenced its operation in 1865 during Madras regency moved to its own building in 1924 after the old office was washed away in Nethravathi river flooding in 1921. The office housed in a century old building which is on the verge of collapse has found shelter in Mini Vidhana Soudha at the right time!
The Mahatma Gandhi centenary building was inaugurated in 1978 by political stalwarts like MLA of that period Leelavathi Rai and the then food minister Vittaldas Shetty.
Office complex building which became the activity hub after it became the Taluk Development Board office was inaugurated in 1964 by the then central government parliamentary secretary Dodda Thammaiah in a ceremony presided over by the then DKCC president K K Shetty. Chief Minister S Nijalingappa had laid the foundation stone for this building in 1962 which was inaugurated in 1964.
Kadumata Mahabala Shetty, Barangare Sadananda Poonja and Rahi Sadashiva Bhandary had occupied prime positions in the functioning of taluk administration with considerable influence on the local politics during that period.
Later MLAs and politicians including A Rukmaya Poojary, K M Ibrahim, Padmanabha Kottary and Nagaraja Shetty had their offices in this complex where they used to receive petitions from the public and address their grievances.
The sub registrar office will be used for parking space whereas the balance space will be utilised for a public bus-stand. Forest minister and local MLA B Ramanatha Rai held few meetings in the recent past with officials concerned and devised plans to prepare a blueprint for the effective utilisation of 84 cent land in the heart of the town.
With development gathering momentum, the buildings of both pre/post independence era which were once the activity hubs in Bantwal town will only remain in the pages of history, once they are razed down in the near future.