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With an eye on security, shops to be shifted out of Mysore palace premises

Shankar Bennur
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Number of surveillance cameras to be doubled

Keeping watch:The Mysore Palace Board is acting on the suggestions of a National Security Guards team on strengthening palace security, including installing more CCTV cameras.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
Keeping watch:The Mysore Palace Board is acting on the suggestions of a National Security Guards team on strengthening palace security, including installing more CCTV cameras.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Security for the Amba Vilas Palace here will soon be revamped.

In November, a three-member team of the National Security Guards visited the palace — a major tourist attraction here — to inspect the security system in place. They were accompanied by members of the Centre for Counterterrorism, a wing of the State’s internal security division.

Almost a year later, the Mysore Palace Board has begun to act on the suggestions of the team on strengthening palace security.

As a first step, commercial activities will be shifted off the palace premises.

Notice to outlets

The board has issued notices to the State-run Cauvery Emporium and Priyadarshini Handlooms, which have shops inside the palace complex, to shift their outlets to the old archaeology office behind the palace.

Confirming this, Deputy Commissioner P.S. Vastrad, who is the executive officer of board, told The Hindu that this was done following the security assessment by the NSG team.

Board deputy director T.S. Subramanya added: “We got instructions to keep commercial activities out of the palace complex… They must comply with the order before Dasara.”

Tirupati model

“We intend to visit Tirupati temple soon to study the security system deployed there. The ticketing system there will also be studied,” Mr. Subramanya said.

Besides, an expert committee, which has advised on security at Krishnaraja Sagar, is expected to give its opinion on security for the palace too.

More surveillance cameras will also be installed. “Our plan is to increase the number of CCTV cameras from the existing 24 to at least 50 or more in the coming months,” Mr. Subramanya said.

“All these steps will be taken after Mysore Dasara 2012, he added.

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