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Dasara promotional activities to begin early this year

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‘Website will be updated soon with information about events, tourism destinations’

making Plans:Deputy Commissioner C. Shikha at a Dasara preliminary meeting in Mysore on Wednesday.— PHOTO: M.A.SRIRAM
making Plans:Deputy Commissioner C. Shikha at a Dasara preliminary meeting in Mysore on Wednesday.— PHOTO: M.A.SRIRAM

Deputy Commissioner C. Shikha on Wednesday said that promotional activities for this year’s Dasara would begin early to attract more domestic and international tourists. She said that the Dasara website would be updated soon with information about the events and tourism destinations.

Ms. Shikha, who presided over a Dasara preliminary meeting attended by senior officials from various departments here, told The Hindu that nine deputy special officers (DSOs) would be appointed to oversee the preparations. Each DSO would be in charge of three Dasara subcommittees. Officers who had experience in conducting the festivities would be roped in to make the arrangements, she added.

Ms. Shikha said officials had been directed to explore the possibility of getting more sponsors for the events this year. “Last year, the sponsors were less. Moreover, there are suggestions to reintroduce Yuva Dasara, which attracted more sponsors. The suggestion will be placed before the Dasara high-power committee. In the meantime, officials can look for sponsors.”

The Deputy Commissioner, who will be designated Dasara Special Officer during the festivities, said the 10-day festivities attracted tourists in big numbers. Therefore, it was very important to ensure hygiene and sanitation.

“The Commissioner of the Mysore City Corporation has been asked to start preparing for the festivities, holding discussions with the stakeholders. The quality of food served to visitors in hotels should be monitored. All necessary precautions should be taken to prevent contamination,” she said.

Ms. Shikha said families of 13 deceased soldiers living in Mysore and neighbouring towns such as Kollegal, Chamarajanagar and Mandya would be invited to witness the celebrations. They would be treated as special guests. The Department of Sainik Welfare and Resettlement Board would be requested to facilitate their visit, she said.


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