Extreme Makeover of 146 year-old UBMC School into a Fine Dining Place
Extreme Makeover of 146-year-old United Basel Mission Church Brahmin School on GHS Road in the heart of the City into a Drive-In Restaurant featuring Fine Dining and Fine Wining.
Mangaluru: Just like the Catholic Churches in USA due to lack of faithful supporting them are being sold and converted into restaurants, discotheques, pubs, bars etc- but here locally in USA (Ullal Sankada Ache) aka Mangaluru – a 146 year-old United Basel Mission Church Brahmin School located on GHS Road in the heart of the City, also being one of the oldest school here, is all set to become a full-fledged drive-in/restaurant with fine dining/fine winning. It is learnt that the school was special as many young girls and young widows used to study here till 10th class.
According to a report that appeared in a local edition of a National Newspaper, it stated that- Following a feud between the Churches of South India (CSI) and the United Basel Nissin Church (UBMC), the property was taken over by a few local businessmen, who wanted to transform it into a fine wining and dining place- and the work is on the go. The land was not not converted for change of use as per the mutation and RTC documents a total of 60 cents were alienated, out of which 23 cents are now being converted into a restaurant.
Sources reveal that the school was built and managed by UBMC in 1870, where many young girls and young widows studied there till 10th Class. As per Education department officials the school lacked funds from the government, so couldn’t employ more teachers- so sadly, the school had to be closed down in 2006 due to other reasons also- and immediately the Churches of South India had rented it out to couple of private businessmen who had plans to convert the building into a fine dining/wining drive-in restaurant. It is also learnt that all these developments were taking place even when CSI and UBMC were in a legal battle over the property.
File Photos of UBMC Brahmin School during 1870’s
It is stated that four years ago, the Supreme Court had ruled that both parties should need to maintain the status quo, but in spite of this SC ruling, the work on the property carried on, and Mangaluru City Corporation has even issued the trade licence. And now MESCOM is all gearing up to install a separate transformer and give power connection to the new business that will start functioning soon, if every thing goes on well.
In the meantime, it has come to know the Chairman of UBMC-Jaiprakash Simon clarifying with the media had said, ” We haven’t given any permission to anybody to carry out any work on this school property. We have also filed a complaint with Dr Jagadeesha-the DC of DK, Police Commissioner, and also with Mangaluru City Corporation. We will also approach the Lokayuktha if the SC status quo is not maintained. Seems like there are definitely vested interest s behind this brazen violation of the SC order”. Even though a couple of RTI activists and concerned citizens have raised their objections on the present developments, but their efforts are all in vain.