Centre sanctions funds for tourism development in city

Staff Correspondent

Rs. 3.32 crores granted as first instalment under Destination Development of Mysore

A proposal for Rs. 12 crores has been placed before the Union Government Rs. 1.55 crore will be used to set up a recreational park at Nishad Bagh

MYSORE: The Union Ministry for Tourism has sanctioned Rs. 3.32 crores as the first instalment for the promotion of tourism in Mysore under the Destination Development of Mysore.

Speaking to presspersons at a press conference here on Friday, Lok Sabha member from Mysore C.H. Vijayshankar said Rs. 3.32 crores is the first instalment of the grants-in-aid for the project. He said a proposal for the release of Rs. 12 crores has been placed before the Union Government, and the Government has expressed confidence that the full amount will be realised for the tourism promotion project, which is expected to be completed in eighteen months.

According to a copy of a letter issued by the Government of India's Ministry of Tourism, the amount sanctioned by the Government is to be used for taking up construction of Welcome Gates on Mysore-Bangalore Road, Mysore-Nanjangud Road, Mysore-Hunsur Road, besides recreation parks at Devanur lake and Nishad Bagh.

Rs 1.55 crore is meant for the recreation park at Nishad BaghMr. Vijayshankar said the State Government has reacted positively to his demand for a metro project for Mysore .

"Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa have promised to instruct the officials concerned to carry out a survey for implementing the metro project for Mysore ," he said.

To a question, Mr. Vijayshankar said the Satellite Railway Reservation Counter at Kuvempunagar will be ready in the next fifteen days.