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On how to boost Mysore's tourism

Special Correspondent

Report stresses need for better connectivity and facilities at tourist spots



ATTRACTING VISITORS: Beautification of lakes in Mysore is among the suggestions of the committee to improve tourism. — PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

MYSORE: A technical sub-committee of the Institution of Engineers here has suggested an integrated approach to make the tourism industry in Mysore more vibrant and boost the local economy.

The sub-committee submitted its findings to the district authorities and suggested the integration of projects to be taken up under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA) and tourism component of JNNURM. This would ensure better coordination and elimination of duplication of funds, the committee felt.

Some of the recommendations included, better connectivity to Bangalore and other places around Mysore, expediting work on the doubling of the rail line between Mysore and Bangalore, timely completion of the Mysore airport and improvement in water, power and accommodation facilities.

Funds expected for the JNNURM projects should be utilised to rejuvenate the existing system and 13 key areas were identified.

This included palaces in Mysore, lakes in and around Mysore, places of worship, theatres, bird sanctuary, Mysore zoo, forts, heritage sites and historical monuments, waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries, heritage parks and exhibition ground.

With reference to Jaganmohan Palace, the report pointed out that it had an outstanding collection of heritage items and suggested that visitors be apprised of the history of the Maharajas of Mysore.

The other suggestions included popularisation of the Government Sandalwood Factory and its products among tourists and setting up a sales counter on the factory premises.

An important recommendation was the installation of Kuvempu's statue in the middle of the Kukkarahalli Lake to evoke the memory of the poet who drew inspiration from the beauty of the lake.

Mysore City Corporation Commissioner Chandrashekar received the suggestions.

Chairman of the Institution of Engineers, Mysore chapter, M. Lakshman, former chairman, Bharadwaj, and industrialist P.V. Giri were present.

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