The state BJP government has laid emphasis on develop Mysore in tourism, industry and education.
As a first step, the government is initiating a two-year action plan with a special grant of Rs 100 crore to the Mysore City Corporation. Half the amount will be made available this year, while the other half the next year.
According to S A Ramadas, parliamentary secretary to the Chief Minister, Rs 30 crore has been allocated this year for the Bangalore-Mysore double rail line and additional funds will be released if needed to speed it up. The double road project will also be speeded up.
For organising this year’s Dasara, it has provided Rs 10 crore, by creating a special Dasara head in the budget for the first time.
The government has declared Dasara as ‘Nada Habba’ (the state festival) and is planning to appoint a separate officer with an office on a permanent footing, instead of preparing for the festivities at the last hour in a hurried manner.
Apart from an exclusive officer for the annual gala event, the government is also considering a separate officer for implementing the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Reconstruction Mission (JNNURM) project sanctioned for the city.
Another major proposal is to establish IT and biotech parks in Mysore to promote growth. The government has also given consent to bring Mysore under ‘Mysore One’ on the lines of the ‘Bangalore One’ facility where all civic services will be brought under one roof.
Another decision taken was to computerise all transactions at the sub-registrar’s office to smoothen property registration. Four training centres for training heavy vehicle drivers will be set up at a cost of Rs 5 crore.
Other tourism-related approvals of the government comprise development of the Kukkarahalli tank (Rs 1 crore), renovation and reconstruction of the dilapidated building where Swami Vivekananda had camped during his visit to Mysore in 1892, and make available the additional land needed for the Mandakalli Airport project.
Mysore will have one more university with the technical approval to establish a music university on a 100-acre land. Rs 5 crore was allocated last year alone for the new university. A Rs 1 crore action plan will be initiated to develop the century-old Government Ayurveda College.
The records of the Department of Archives in Mysore will be computerised at Rs 1 crore expenditure.
Other projects cleared by the Government include special support to the Pinjrapole and other Go Shalas, launching of cow-related rural industries in Mysore district, and construction of a new bridge across the Cauvery at T Narasipur.
Steps will also be initiated at a cost of Rs 2 crore to encourage cultivation and protection of sandalwood trees, which are fast disappearing in the state due to age-old restrictions.
As a first step, the regulations have been relaxed a few days back, making the growers owners of the tree and restricting its sale only to the government agency.
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