Open spaces shrinking in Mysore
MYSORE: For a city whose open spaces spanned many adventure schools to tap the natural landscape to promote adventure sports, the future is no longer rosy.
Though a large number of youngsters have felt encouraged to try their hands on trekking, river-rafting, mountaineering, and wall-climbing, among others, it was parasailing and gliding which beckoned the more adventurous among the youth.
Thanks to the Mandakalli airstrip besides the Chamundi Hills, the vast open space was ideal for parasailing as also gliding and the facility at the airstrip was just right. But with the development of the airstrip to a full-fledged airport that is awaiting inauguration, the doors have indeed been closed for the adventure clubs promoting parasailing.
The next best alternative? The helipad near the Lalitha Mahal Palace. But being close to the city and roads going zigzag near the Chamundi Hills, the options are limited and may not provide a hassle-free parasailing for adventure-sport buffs. And with residential areas closing in and open spaces shrinking, it could be curtains for parasailing in future. The next best thing could be the emergence of hang-gliding which requires a mountainous terrain to facilitate foot-assisted take off. So adventure sports activity could shift from Mandakalli to the Chamundi Hills.