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Damaged: One of the prominent roads in Mysore which is in a bad shape.
Damaged: One of the prominent roads in Mysore which is in a bad shape.

Staff Correspondent

State Government has not released the Dasara grant this time

MYSORE: Beautification and repair works in view of Dasara festivities here seem to have been affected with the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) taking up only minor works as the State Government has not released funds for major civic works.

Every year, the Government provides for a special grant to the MCC to execute works such as asphalting of roads, painting of circles and important public places in city centres, and repairing and sprucing up of footpath. With the Government sanctioning a “one-time” special grant of Rs. 100 crore to the MCC last year for development works, it, therefore, has not released the Dasara grant to take up customary repair works this year. However, the corporation has taken up minor works, mainly filling of potholes, using its resources in view of Dasara. But they appear to be “insufficient” going by the poor condition of roads here. Only in city centres, the pothole-filling work is on at a slow pace even as the festivities are fast approaching.

MCC Deputy Commissioner Devaraj told The Hindu that repair works would not be stretched for long since contractors had been asked to complete them before September 15. “We are carrying out the repair works from our own resources since no separate grant has been released to us for the purpose. Only essential works are under way, that too in city centres,” he said.

Last year, the Government released a Dasara grant of Rs. 6 crore to the corporation for beautification and repair works.

Mayor Purushottam said the grant had not materialised this year in spite of his personal request to Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, who visited the city recently. “But, we are spending Rs. 1 crore on repair works on our own,” he added.

Most city roads have become unfit for driving. But neither the political leaders nor the officials have time to pay attention to improve them. The under-bridge road near Saraswathipuram Fire Brigade is in a bad shape. The potholes, which have been filled with mud and concrete this time, may resurface in the event of heavy rain. Driving on roads in most residential localities has become difficult.

Citizens concerned, who are conscious about Brand Mysore, are questioning civic authorities on the impression visitors will get on seeing the poor state of roads.

MCC Superintending Engineer Mahesh said several works had been done in the city under the Rs. 100-crore special grant and other works were in the pipeline.

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