KARNATAKA

Panel seeks adequate funds for projects for Mysore’s future

Special Correspondent

A list has been submitted to the Chief Minister for inclusion in the budget

MYSORE: The citizens’ committee has urged Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to earmark sufficient funds for projects critical for the city’s future.

At a meeting convened recently by the Association of Concerned and Informed Citizens of Mysore (ACICM), a list was submitted to the Chief Minister for inclusion in the State budget for 2009-10.

ACICM has drawn the attention of the State Government to the importance of the railway track doubling work between Mysore and Bangalore and urged the Chief Minister to earmark sufficient funds, including the State’s share, for early completion of the project. It has sought funds to upgrade the 42-km stretch of road connecting Malavalli to Mysore as a national highway.

M. Lakshman, convenor of ACICM, has urged the State Government to declare Mysore as a heritage city and allocate funds for renovation of 200 heritage monuments and structures identified by the Heritage Committee. He has sought funds for renovation of three important markets, including the Devaraja Market, which is a prominent landmark of the city.

The other key demands are provision to establish a technology park and a science city, a full-fledged and state-of-the-art trauma care centre, cardiac unit and a multi-specialty hospital on the lines of NIMAHNS, in the city.

During the meeting, ACICM pointed out that there was no such hospital in the region and establishing such a unit would help to serve 80 lakh people in six districts of the region. The other suggestions submitted to the Chief Minister included declaring a buffer zone around the Chamundi Hills to prevent further encroachments and developing a botanical garden on par with the one in Ooty.

ACICM pointed out that the upgraded Mysore airport was due for inauguration soon and suggested that it should be named after Sir M. Visvesvaraya, whose contribution to the development of modern Mysore was immense.

Underlining the vibrancy of the tourism sector in Mysore and its untapped potential, ACICM mooted the idea of collaborating with international consortium to give a boost to the sector.

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