Social activists from the Bhrashtachar Virodhi Janshakti party have written to Ravikant Adsul, the deputy commissioner of Kolhapur Municipal Corporation, to stop the construction activities immediately.
Sushil Bhandigare, a social activist, said, “Several construction activities are taking place over the hill illegally. A notice has been issued to the people who are carrying out the construction activities but still the constructions are ongoing. KMC deputy commissioner has assured us of looking into the matter.”
Vijay Chavan, the conservation assistant with the ASI, said, “I had given notice to these people, who have started construction activities at Bramhapuri in April this year after which the work was stopped for two to three months. Now again, they have resumed their construction work. I have given a second notice to them recently and now it’s the work of KMC to take action against these site owners, who are carrying out construction work without the permission of the ASI.”
Bramhapuri hill has historical significance. Several historical relics and artefacts like Greek god idols, elephant statues, vessels, coins were found in the excavation here in 1945 and 1946, which were dated back to the 2nd century. These are kept at the museum in the Town Hall garden, said Vijay Chavan.
Apart from Bramhapuri hill, Panhala, Khidrapur Kopeshwar temple and Pohale caves are also under the ASI.