MYSORE: As announced, Brindavan Gardens, which was closed for tourists ever since the final verdict on Cauvery was pronounced, was reopened on Monday.
Tourists flocked to the famous destination in large numbers since it is reopening after 12 weeks.
However, there was disappointment among tourists who had expected improvements in the popular tourist spot for the reason that it was out of bounds for so long in recent years.
Dull illumination, lack of vigour in the fountains (due to declining water levels in Krishnaraja Sagar dam) and dry lawns welcomed the tourists. Nonetheless, the spot continuous to attract tourists despite the shortcomings.
Though the Krishna Raja Sagar dam authorities had announced to reopen the gardens many a times, it took nearly three months for them to do so.
It was only after a team of senior police officials, including Inspector-General of Police R.P. Sharma visited the gardens and gave permission to the authorities of Cauvery Neeravari Nigam, the custodian of the gardens, that they announced its reopening.
In view of security concerns, the place had been closed for tourists since the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal delivered its final award on February 5.
Now that summer vacation is on and tourists are coming in good numbers to the city of palaces, the place would be buzzing with visitors coming from across the country.
A large number of people, who earn their livelihood from the petty shops, roadside vendors, restaurants and hotels in and around KRS reservoir, had appealed to the police authorities to reopen the gardens at the earliest.