Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-08-30 20:02 Mysuru: The state government is ready with a master plan to develop the Male Mahadeshwara Hills (MM Hills), located in Kollegal taluk of Chamarajnagar district, 150 km from Mysuru, into a major tourist destination. The Male Mahadeshwara Development Authority will execute projects worth Rs50-cr projects to turn MM Hills into a revenue spinner for the government. Among the proposals slated for MM Hills include a 100 feet Mahadeshwara statue on a 13-acre land near Deepa Giri. The government is looking to develop the hills on the lines of Tirupati since MM Hills is one among the top hundi collection centres in the state. The temple received donations worth Rs56 cr in the current year. The temple also draws lakhs of devotees and tourists. Gardens, fountains, shopping complex, parking zones and a guest house have been included in the master plan. A Folklore University has also been planned to conserve local folklore. The government is transferring 3 acres to the Department of Kannada and Culture for the purpose of establishing the university. But the government's plans could face opposition from environmentalists, who could raise concerns about allowing development works in a densely forested area. A similar proposal to develop Chamundi hills is now before the National Green Tribunal.