The sacred Paschima Vahini in Srirangapatna — near the confluence (Sangama) of rivers Cauvery, Kabini and Hemavathi — where thousands of people visit to immerse the ashes of the dead, is going to get better infrastructure soon. This is a famous pilgrim centre where Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes too were immersed.

The Mandya district administration will be spending Rs. 1 crore grant from the 13th Finance Commission for the purpose, according to Tourism Department Assistant Director Adilakshmi, who said that as per the instructions of Dy. Commissioner B.N. Krishnaiah, a project report will be submitted to the Central Government soon.

Renovation plans include reconstruction of the steps at the ghat, constructing of new steps, gardens and railings along the steps leading to the river.

Paschima Vahini has several historic structures belonging to the period of the erstwhile Maharajas of Mysore. However, the bathing ghats and the steps leading to them are on the verge of collapse.

Flowers and other puja materials dumped into the river by devotees have polluted the river.

The district administration will commence dredging to ensure that there was enough flow of water during summer and the garbage would be cleared regularly, it is learnt.