Why i debunk the theory of vehicular movements causing danger to the heritage monuments obviously with safe distance maintained, is primarily because the destruction unleashed by nature is much greater. The natural earth movement, heavy rainfall, ageing of granites and intense sunshine causes its own destruction to the monuments. The unregulated crowd management would be an issue in future, if it is not taken into consideration by the concerned.
The fury of the tungabhadra river harnessed by the construction of TB dam at hospet to an extent has helped in preservation of the Hampi monuments by default. This dam was inaugurated by Smt Indira Gandhi on 9th January 1967.
Another big step the government had initiated demolition drive of shopping centres, guest houses, residence and eateries around Virupaksha temple. The construction of a new cable bridge across the Tungabhadra river was halted by the intervention of UNESCO, who had conferred the world heritage status to Hampi. The work started by Veerapa Moily govt in 1997 was almost completed when Junko Tanaguchi visited Hampi in 1999 and strongly recommended for removal of world heritage tag if the bridge is completed. Ironically the bridge collapsed on Jan 22nd 2009, wherein 8 workers lost their life. It would have marred the beauty of heritage site permanently. Instead a strong navigation on Tungabhadra river through ferries and launches would be ideal means of transportation from Anegudi to Hampi. It would boost further employment.
A slow and steady reconstruction of the fortress is the biggest feature of revamp of Hampi, even though the entire 40 square Kms of the empire which lay in ruins after the battle of Talikota in 1565. This place would have been converted to Islamic domain but for the strong resistance by the local populace. The invaders migrated with wealth beyond imagination leaving behind destruction. Some of the photographs are displayed in the Kamalapur musuem prior to salvage operations speaks volume on reconstruction effort too.
Overall i am sure with opening up of Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal along with Bijapur circuits would add value to the tourist hub of Hampi. It would be ideal if the hampi authority would be able to recreate the ancient times with Palace of Krishnadevaraya resurrected, with water channels rejuvenated and diamond market revived with cutting and polishing centres and ethnic showrooms selling jewellery. The lingering taste of food savoured from the basin of Tungabhadra and photo shoot opportunity of ancient diamond trading centre will always be luring me to visit Hampi. Each time i end discovering something refreshing about this heritage site.