MOODBIDRI: It has been alleged that some vested interests were coming in the way of the authorities of the ancient Sri Gopalkrishna Temple at Kalsanka here from using the waters of a nearby lake for the temple purposes.
Guruprasad, Managing Trustee of the Temple, who spoke to presspersons here, said the lake adjacent to the temple, though was located in a government land, was used by the temple since long. He said though in the past, there were steps leading from the lake to the temple; they are not to be seen now as over the years they have got buried beneath the soil. He said the repeated appeal to the government authorities as well as the local elected representatives to get the steps reconstructed has been of no avail and that of late some vested interests were making efforts to see that the temple did not benefit from the lake. Some forces were even trying to establish control over the government land where the lake is located, thus hurting the sentiments of the devotees.
Guruprasad also pointed out that the development works of the lake was initiated recently with funds released by the government as well as the Zilla Panchayat though the embankment on one side of the lake had collapsed two year ago.
Presently, the construction of embankment on one side was complete while works on the other side were underway. However, the appeal to construct steps leading to the temple, have so far been futile, he said and requested for early steps in this direction.