Ever since Dhirendra Bramchari, the Yogic mentor of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, was killed in air crash in June 1994 property worth hundreds of crore in Mantalai Aparna Asharam is gathering dust.In the last two decades the state government has also failed to promote the tourist resort on the tourism map of the state.
Barring lip service the state government has failed to tap the tourism potential of the area and is still in the state of infancy with regard to developing/bringing the place on the tourism map of the state.
According to official sources, “the immoveable and moveable property located inside the sprawling ashram built over 1002 kanals of land is almost lying in dilapidated condition”.
Large fleet of jeeps,cars, tippers,trucks,tractors, two 70 KVA generator sets, aircraft, shuttering material worth lakhs of rupees,have been converted in to ‘MULBA’.
“Out of 26 rooms of the under construction five star hotel the automatic locks of one dozen rooms are broken and nothing is lying inside these rooms”, official sources said.
After his accidental death in a private plane crash on 9 June 1994 the yoga guru’s property was left untouched by the successive state governments in the state.
After a long wait and settling litigations the Mantalai ashram was taken over by the Patnitop Development Authority (PDA) on 19-12-2009 after the state government identified the place to develop a wellness centre to promote tourism in the region.
The development of Aparna Asharam at Mantalai is being taken up on PPP mode as decided during the 16 th meeting of Patnitop Development Authority with CM in chair,official sources said.
A detailed project report is being prepared through Jones Lang Lasale,Property Consultants Indian Pvt Ltd for the development of Mantalai and area around which is under progress.The state government has also spent roughly 14 lakh rupees on patch works of the road and renovation of the bathrooms inside the ashram since December 2009.
According to these sources,”the orchards and land are not being cultivated and the live stock comprising three deer are being looked after by the wild life department. A multi story Aparna ashram situated in posh Gandhi Nagar area in Jammu is also lying unutlised.
Even his room which contained , idol of Ganesh,shankh,large wooden bed,yoga books, layout plan of Gole house,deer print shawls, scarfs, and other belongings have been kept intact while his white dhotis,towels have been eaten by rats. Books ,mostly spiritual and yoga related, placed inside his library compartment are, however,intact.
Most of the items of daily use including fittings and furnishings of the ashram are unserviceable,damaged and broken.The store rooms contain mostly rotten and torn bed sheets, yoga suits, undergarments, blood pressure apparatus, dinner/tea sets, telephone apparatus,clothes, personnel belongings of yoga guru,utensils etc.
The big laboratory inside the ashram has been handed over/taken over without any inventory.
Apparently it contains big machines,apparatus,components which are not portable.After the death of yoga guru the ashram was closed own and the state government failed to recover its pending taxes, official sources said.