Mysore's image as a heritage city is set for a major boost, with the laying of the foundation stone for the construction of the “Raja Marga” here on Saturday. The path, which will stretch from Hardinge Circle to Millennium Circle in Bannimantap, will cover the 4.8-km-long Dasara procession route.
Minister for Urban Development, Law and Parliamentary Affairs S. Suresh Kumar, who is also the district in-charge, laid the foundation stone on the premises of Town Hall here.
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Kumar said: “The project will be developed along the lines of Rajpath in New Delhi. The work is expected to be completed before Dasara 2011.”
Mayor Sandesh Swamy, S.A. Ramdas and Satyanarayana, MLAs, Tontadarya, MLC, and corporation Commissioner K.S. Raykar were among those present on the occasion.
The Mysore City Corporation has taken up the Raja Marga project as part of the Mysore Vision 2025. The initiative has been funded by the Chief Minister's special grant of Rs. 100 crore for the city.
The route passes by prominent landmarks of the city such as K.R. Circle and Chamaraja Circle.
According to corporation officials, pavements, heritage lamp-posts that once adorned the streets of Mysore, stone railings, stone benches, landscaped parks, signboards and fountains are part of the project.