BENGALURU: The diocesan headquarters for the new Bengaluru Diocese is proposed to come up at Dodda Gubbi, where the land has been donated generously by St Thomas Orthodox Church, Bangalore East.
Due to the magnanimous offer of St Thomas Orthodox Church, which donated the property, the Aramana will now come up at Dodda Gubbi Village, Bidarahalli Hobli of Bangalore East Taluk. With real estate rates reaching sky high, it was a truly altruistic effort by the parish members to donate prime property towards setting up the Aramana at a central location worth Rs 2.25 crore.
Dodda Gubbi is located about 20 kilometres in Bangalore district.
His Grace Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim, Metropolitan Bangalore Diocese, presented a detailed report about the Diocesan Development Programme at the recent meeting of the Diocesan General Body held on July 13, 14, 2011 at St George Orthodox Church, Indira Nagar, Bengaluru.
Dr Mar Seraphim had personally favoured an Aramana outside of city limits instead of Bengaluru with its burgeoning development and infrastructure bottlenecks. The choice is to have a diocese centre, aramana and another site to house various institutions, outside of city limits.
While the Malur property of the Diocese will be used to start educational institutions in the future.
Malur, is a bustling town, part of Kolar district and located only 55 kms from Bengaluru.
The report elaborated about the purchase of 10 acres of land near White Field (on the outskirts of the city) station at an estimated cost of Rs 3.2 crore and the proposal of Aramana at Dodda Gubbi land and building donated by Bangalore East Orthodox Church. The same was accepted unanimously by the General Body members.