‘Mysore will be slum-free by 2013'

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Minister S.A. Ramdas unfurls national flag at Republic Day function in city

Impressive:A parade by the City Armed Reserve marked the Republic Day celebrations in Mysore on Thursday.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
Impressive:A parade by the City Armed Reserve marked the Republic Day celebrations in Mysore on Thursday.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

The 63rd Republic Day celebrations in the city on Thursday were marked by an impressive parade by the City Armed Reserve. During the programme, it was announced that Mysore would be declared slum-free by 2013.

While functions were organised in most educational institutions and public offices, the main event was held at the Chamundi Vihar Stadium in Nazarbad where Medical Education Minister and district in-charge S.A. Ramdas unfurled the national flag and reviewed the parade.

The main attraction was the march past by the City Armed Reserve, Karnataka State Reserve Police, District Armed Reserve, traffic police, Railway Protection Force, Scouts & Guides, and National Cadet Corps with the police band playing patriotic numbers such as ‘Sare Jahan se Acha' . Schoolchildren performed to the tunes of patriotic songs.

Mr. Ramdas, who delivered the Republic Day address, paid tributes to the architect of the Indian Constitution, B.R. Ambedkar, for providing the country with a sound Constitution that was reckoned to be among the best in the world, and had stood the test of time. He dwelt at length on the development programmes initiated by the Government with focus on the growth of Mysore.

Mr. Ramdas said the city would have an “intelligent” transport system by March 2012, which would be implemented at a cost of Rs. 22.7 crore. This would supplement the public transport system in the city, which had been ramped up at a cost of Rs. 50.46 crore. He said the city had taken strides towards being slum-free. The rehabilitation of slum-dwellers was a priority. The Government had implemented various programmes for rehabilitation of the slum-dwellers, and this included the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. The Minister said the cost of the rehabilitation package was Rs. 198 crore, of which Rs. 125.37 crore had been utilised. Mysore would have the distinction of being declared the first slum-free city in the State by 2013, he said.

While 6,328 houses had to be constructed for the rehabilitation of slum-dwellers, the Government and the project implementing agencies had, so far, built 4,152, Mr. Ramdas added.

The Government was committed to retaining and conserving the heritage of Mysore, and in this connection, it had been decided to convert the residences of R.K. Narayan and Sir M. Visvesvaraya into museums, he said. There are nearly 200 heritage structures in Mysore. The authorities had taken up improvement and embellishment of the core heritage area at a cost of Rs. 39.45 crore, he added. He said the Mysore Urban Development Authority had taken steps to distribute 1,760 sites in Rabindranath Tagore Nagar and 1,278 sites at Lalitadripura. The distribution of sites would commence from March 2012.

Noting the slide of Mysore district on the education front, Mr. Ramdas said the district administration had taken steps to ensure that the district emerged among the top five districts in the SSLC examination.

Great effort

Cultural performances by schoolchildren of Mysore during the 63rd Republic Day celebrations at Chamundi Vihar Stadium here on Thursday drew applause from the audience.

Nearly 1,300 students performed.

The highlight was a performance by nearly 750 students from Nalanda Primary and High School, Vani Vidya Mandira and St. Mary's Higher Primary School.

On the occasion, top scorers in the 2011 SSLC examination were felicitated. Charita Venkatesh B. (Vijaya Vittala High School, Kuvempunagar, Mysore); Neeraj Ravindra (Vidyavardhaka Pandit Nehru High School, Kuvempunagar, Mysore) and Pratheeksha Nayak (Sadvidya High School, Mysore) were honoured.

  • Minister pays tributes to the architect of the Indian Constitution B.R. Ambedkar

  • Cultural performances by schoolchildren

    draw applause




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